Definition of ectopic pregnancy in English:

ectopic pregnancy


  • A pregnancy in which the fetus develops outside the uterus, typically in a fallopian tube.

    ‘one in every 100 women run the risk of an ectopic pregnancy’
    [mass noun] ‘the dangers of ectopic pregnancy’
    • ‘Anyone who can get pregnant can have an ectopic pregnancy.’
    • ‘This is because overall the risk of pregnancy in these situations is low, but if pregnancy does occur an ectopic pregnancy is more likely.’
    • ‘Currently there is enough evidence in favour of the efficacy of methotrexate in the treatment of ectopic pregnancy, and about 45% of all ectopic pregnancies can be managed with methotrexate.’
    • ‘However, they are not very effective at preventing ectopic pregnancies which develop outside the uterine cavity.’
    • ‘Over 95% of ectopic pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube (the tubes connecting the ovaries to the womb).’