fallopian tube [fah-lo´pe-an]
a slender tube extending laterally from the uterus
toward the ovary
, one on each side, allowing passage of ova
to the cavity of the uterus and of spermatozoa
in the opposite direction. Called also uterine tube
When the mature ovum
leaves the ovary it enters the fringed opening of the fallopian tube, through which it travels slowly to the uterus. When conception takes place, the tube is usually the site of fertilization
. Obstruction or infection within the fallopian tubes is a major cause of infertility
. The removal of one tube by surgery, or the failure of a tube to function, ordinarily leaves the other tube intact and able to perform its function in reproduction. Occasionally the fertilized ovum implants in the wall of the fallopian tube, resulting in an ectopic, or tubal pregnancy
Fallopian tube. From McKinney et al., 2000.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
u·ter·ine tube [TA]
one of the tubes leading on either side from the upper or outer extremity of the ovary, which is largely enveloped by its expanded infundibulum, to the fundus of the uterus; it provides the path by which the ovum travels from ovary to uterus where, if it is fertilized in the tube, it will implant as a zygote; it consists of infundibulum, ampulla, isthmus, and uterine parts.
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fallopian tube also
Fallopian tube (fə-lō′pē-ən)
Either of a pair of slender ducts through which ova pass from the ovary to the uterus in the female reproductive system of humans and other mammals.
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u·ter·ine tube (yū'tĕr-in tūb) [TA]
One of the tubes leading on either side from the upper or outer extremity of the ovary, which is largely enveloped by its expanded infundibulum, to the fundus of the uterus; it consists of infundibulum, ampulla, isthmus, and uterine parts.
(1) [TA] , fallopian tube
(2) , oviduct
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
Fallopian tube The open-ended tube along which eggs (ova) travel from the ovaries to the womb (uterus) and in which fertilization must occur if pregnancy is to result. The open end of each Fallopian tube has finger-like processes that sweep over the surface of the ovary at the time of ovulation, wafting the egg into the tube. Also known as a uterine tube. (Gabriele Fallopio, Italian anatomist, 1523–63).
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
Fallopian tube a tube forming part of the OVIDUCT, present on either side of a female mammal, that transmits secondary oocytes from the peritoneal cavity to the uterus and is the usual site of FERTILIZATION. Ciliary action is involved in the egg movement, and muscular action of the uterus facilitates the upward movement of sperms from the vaginal tract where they have been deposited after copulation.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
One of a pair of slender tubes that extend from each ovary to the uterus. Eggs pass through the fallopian tubes to reach the uterus.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Fallopius, Gabriele, Italian anatomist, 1523-1562.
- the bony passage in the temporal bone through which the facial nerve passes. Synonym(s): facial canal
; fallopian canal
fallopian hiatus - the opening on the anterior aspect of the petrous part of the temporal bone which leads to the facial canal and gives passage to the greater petrosal nerve. Synonym(s): hiatus of facial canal
- forms the floor of the inguinal canal and gives origin to lowermost fibers of internal oblique and transversus abdominis muscles. Synonym(s): fallopian arch
; inguinal ligament
fallopian neuritis - Synonym(s): facial paralysis
fallopian pregnancy - Synonym(s): tubal pregnancy
- one of the tubes leading on either side from the upper or outer extremity of the ovary to the fundus of the uterus. Synonym(s): tuba fallopiana
; tuba fallopii
; uterine tube
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Patient discussion about Fallopian tube
Q. She had an infection in her fallopian tubes. She is recovering now, but can she get pregnant again? My sister had a very bad pregnancy where she had lost her first child. She had an infection in her fallopian tubes. As it was an ectopic pregnancy, she had an operation where they made a small incision in the fallopian tube and removed the embryo. She was depressed for quite a while as she was looking forward to enjoying her new baby. She is recovering now, but can she get pregnant again?
A. i think that was an ectopic pregnancy. of course she can get pregnant again, although the past history of tubal pregnancy increases the risk of developing another ectopic pregnancy in the future. but don't worry, all your sister need to is always consult her health and future-pregnancy condition with her ob-gyn specialist.More discussions about Fallopian tube
i believe that what happened to your sister was non-complicated ectopic pregnancy, because the doctor was just doing the minimal invasive surgery in her fallopian tube. it still has the risks of having another ectopic one in her future pregnancy, but with a complete medical check-up and work-up, i'm sure she will just be doing well.
i just wrote a brief note about ectopic pregnancy, in case you want to read that :
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