tub·​al | \ ˈtü-bəl How to pronounce tubal (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tubal

: of, relating to, or involving a tube and especially a fallopian tube tubal infection

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Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 40 women inmates underwent tubal ligations without giving proper consent in California between 2005 and 2011. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "America has a long history of forced sterilization," 18 Sep. 2020 According to her Uighur doctor, her fallopian tubes were cut in the resulting tubal-ligation procedure, making her sterilization irreversible — a common experience for Xinjiang’s minorities. Olivia Enos, National Review, "China’s Horrifying War on Uighur Women," 2 Sep. 2020 The results show that, following each procedure, incidence of chronic lower abdominal or pelvic pain was reported among 9.1% in the Essure group and 4.5% in the tubal sterilization treatment group. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Essure birth control device tied to higher rates of pain and bleeding, FDA says," 8 July 2020 Tubal Occlusion Also known as a tubal blockage, tubal occlusion is when an ovulated egg is unable to be fertilized by sperm or to reach the endometrial cavity or uterus. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Get Pregnant?," 1 Oct. 2018 During that tubal pregnancy, Lila very nearly lost her own life in the process — her right fallopian tube ruptured and she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency ligation surgery. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Mom's Reaction to Holding Her Rainbow Baby Is Beyond Powerful," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tubal

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

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25 Sep 2020

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“Tubal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubal. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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tub·​al | \ ˈt(y)ü-bəl How to pronounce tubal (audio) \

Medical Definition of tubal

: of, relating to, or involving a tube and especially a fallopian tube tubal lumens a tubal infection

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