tubal ligation

noun

: ligation of the fallopian tubes that by preventing passage of ova from the ovaries to the uterus serves as a method of female sterilization

Examples of tubal ligation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sterilization: Female sterilization is called tubal ligation, and male sterilization is called vasectomy. Stephanie Booth, Health, 6 Apr. 2024 The morning-after pill, vasectomies and tubal ligations are HSA eligible. Martha C. White, wsj.com, 7 Dec. 2023 But the law covers only tubal ligation, the surgical blocking of the fallopian tubes. Sarah Hurtes, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 The procedures performed without the patients’ consent included hysterectomies, ovary removals and tubal ligations. Emma Fox, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2023 The risk is further increased for those who've had endometriosis, tubal ligations, pelvic infections, and prior pelvic, abdominal, or fallopian tube surgeries, as well as those who had an intrauterine device (IUD) in place at the time of conception. Rebecca Stewart, Parents, 6 Sep. 2023 The Center for Investigative Reporting reported in 2013 that at least 144 people incarcerated in California women’s prisons were sterilized with tubal ligation between 2006 and 2013. Emma Fox, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2023 According to Planned Parenthood, tubal ligation can cost anywhere up to $6,000. Juliana Ukiomogbe, ELLE, 13 July 2023 Plus, she’s had a tubal ligation? Olivia Crandall, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tubal ligation was circa 1948

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“Tubal ligation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubal%20ligation. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

tubal ligation

noun
: ligation of the fallopian tubes that by preventing passage of ova from the ovaries to the uterus serves as a method of female sterilization

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