Definition of fallopian tube in English:

fallopian tube


  • (in a female mammal) either of a pair of tubes along which eggs travel from the ovaries to the uterus.

    • ‘In Germany, Dr. Kurt Senn used a scope called a laparoscope or flank scope inserted below the umbilicus to close off Fallopian tubes in sterilization operations.’
    • ‘We do know that progesterone is secreted during the menstrual cycle, and it promotes changes in the uterine endometrium and the Fallopian tubes.’
    • ‘Damage to the Fallopian tubes can result in reduced fertility and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the tube rather than the womb).’
    • ‘Fertilisation of the egg by the sperm takes place in one of the two Fallopian tubes.’
    • ‘Fertilization is accomplished in vitro and fertilized eggs are surgically transferred to the Fallopian tubes approximately 24 hours after the egg retrieval.’


Early 18th century: from Fallopius, Latinized form of the name of Gabriello Fallopio (1523–62), the Italian anatomist who first described them.


fallopian tube

/fəˌləʊpɪən ˈtjuːb/