tub·​al ˈtü-bəl How to pronounce tubal (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving a tube and especially a fallopian tube
tubal infection

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Vasectomies and tubal ligations can be reversed in some cases, although success rates vary widely. Elizabeth Hintz, Fortune, 9 Dec. 2022 But more than 90% of ectopic pregnancies are tubal. Amy Alspaugh, The Conversation, 7 June 2022 Carrying tubal pregnancies to term is nearly impossible because a fertilized egg won’t survive long attached to locations outside the uterus. Amy Alspaugh, The Conversation, 7 June 2022 That means, for example, that the standard of care applicable to tubal ligations, which is that they should be performed as part of the same procedure as a Caesarian section, can’t be met at Catholic hospitals. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 In the days following the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling, clinics began to report a surge in people requesting tubal ligations—more commonly known as getting one’s tubes tied. Wired, 7 July 2022 Rosenfeld eventually joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, becoming a specialist in tubal reversal, and, in the early eighties, taking charge of the clinic in the center of town. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 25 June 2022 This shifting gender pattern resulted from a rising concern about the fitness to parent, with a focus on mothering, as well as the development of a safer, standardized tubal-ligation procedure for sterilizing women. New York Times, 8 June 2022 One indication of the reluctance among men to take on primary responsibility for contraception is the unpopularity of vasectomies compared to tubal ligations. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tubal was circa 1736

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“Tubal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubal. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


tub·​al ˈt(y)ü-bəl How to pronounce tubal (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving a tube and especially a fallopian tube
tubal lumens
a tubal infection
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