tubal ligation


Definition of tubal ligation

: 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 Nationally, about 1 in 5 women ages 15 to 44 have undergone tubal ligation, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2021 The amendment might also cover Catholic hospitals’ refusals to allow tubal ligation operations on their premises, on the grounds that they are aimed at sterilization and thus barred by the ERDs. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2021 Women were typically subjected to tubal ligation, the cutting or tying of the fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Tubal factor infertility, too, the result of issues with fallopian tubes or even tubal ligation surgery, is more frequent among Black women. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 12 Mar. 2021 Yet in many cases, these women lack a complete and clear understanding of the consequences of tubal ligation. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 12 Mar. 2021 But her husband refused to provide legal consent for a tubal ligation, resulting in a fourth child in January and then unexpected twins, who were born prematurely in November. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2021 Mattie advocated for women who endured forced sterilizations at a hospital in Tuskegee; she, too, had been subjected to an involuntary tubal ligation, after the birth of her fifth child. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 In 2016, the FDA ordered the pharmaceutical company Bayer to gather additional data on Essure's risks and benefits and to compare them with laparoscopic tubal ligation -- a procedure commonly referred to as having one's tubes tied. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of tubal ligation

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 2 Dec. 2021.

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Medical Definition of tubal ligation

: 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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