One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in a female mammal) either of a pair of tubes along which eggs travel from the ovaries to the uterus.
- ‘Fertilisation of the egg by the sperm takes place in one of the two Fallopian tubes.’
- ‘We do know that progesterone is secreted during the menstrual cycle, and it promotes changes in the uterine endometrium and the Fallopian tubes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.
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