pelvic inflammatory disease


: inflammation of the female reproductive tract (such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries) that occurs especially as a result of a sexually transmitted disease and is a leading cause of infertility in women

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If untreated, an infection can lead to more serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2023 People who have undergone previous pelvic, fallopian tube or abdominal surgery are at higher risk of an ectopic pregnancy, as are those with a history of pelvic inflammatory disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 6 Jan. 2023 Studies have linked the practice of douching to bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, higher rates of HIV transmission and multiple adverse outcomes in pregnancy. Tree Meinch, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2022 The most common causes of hysterectomies include abnormal bleeding, fibroid tumors and pelvic inflammatory disease. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 9 Nov. 2022 Pelvic inflammatory disease Cramping that’s accompanied by a fever or abnormal vaginal discharge could signal a pelvic infection or pelvic inflammatory disease, according to Dr. Cron. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 25 Sep. 2022 Cramps after your period can be caused by uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine or endometrial polyps, or pelvic inflammatory disease, all of which can be treated. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, 6 Sep. 2022 Making matters more frustrating, endometriosis is sometimes mistaken for other conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or ovarian cysts. Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Gonorrhea can be painful and may result in pelvic inflammatory disease in women. New York Times, 17 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pelvic inflammatory disease was in 1921

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“Pelvic inflammatory disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

pelvic inflammatory disease

: infection of the female reproductive tract (as the fallopian tubes and ovaries) that results from microorganisms (as Neisseria gonorrhea or Chlamydia trachomatis) transmitted especially during sexual intercourse but also by other means (as during surgery, abortion, or childbirth), is marked especially by lower abdominal pain, an abnormal vaginal discharge, and fever, and is a leading cause of infertility in women
abbreviation PID

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