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Fallopian tubes

Meaning: two tubes that lead from the ovaries to the uterus in a female mammal. The ova (female reproductive eggs) travel from the ovary to the uterus through the Fallopian tubes.

For example:

  • A blocked Fallopian tube can often be repaired though in some cases surgical removal may be required.

  • In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg may implant outside the womb in one of the fallopian tubes, calling for urgent intervention.

Note: Though it is an eponym, the term Fallopian tube is often written with lower case "F" as it is such a common medical term: fallopian tube

Origin: Gabriello Fallopio (1523-1562) was an Italian physician and surgeon. He studied and published works on anatomy. He provided an accurate description of the uterine tubes, which resulted in them being named after him.

Quick Quiz:

What is the main purpose of the fallopian tubes?

a. to provide a space for the fetus to grow

b. to transport an egg to the uterus

c. to prevent infection in the reproductive system

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Contributor: Tara Benwell