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fallopian tube

[fuh-loh-pee-uh n] /fəˈloʊ pi ən/
noun
1.
one of a pair of long, slender ducts in the female abdomen that transport ova from the ovary to the uterus and, in fertilization, transport sperm cells from the uterus to the released ova; the oviduct of higher mammals.
Also, Fallopian tube.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; named after Gabriello Fallopio (died 1562), Italian anatomist; see -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for fallopian tubes

Fallopian tube

/fəˈləʊpɪən/
noun
1.
either of a pair of slender tubes through which ova pass from the ovaries to the uterus in female mammals See oviduct related adjectives oviducal oviductal
Word Origin
C18: named after Gabriello Fallopio (1523–62), Italian anatomist who first described the tubes
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Word Origin and History for fallopian tubes

Fallopian tube

n.

1706, from Latinized form of the name of Gabriello Fallopio (1523-1562), Italian anatomist who first described them.

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fallopian tubes in Medicine

fallopian tube or Fallopian tube
n.
Either of a pair of slender tubes from each ovary to the side of the fundus of the uterus, through which the ova pass. Also called gonaduct, oviduct, salpinx, uterine tube.

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fallopian tubes in Science
fallopian tube
  (fə-lō'pē-ən)   
Either of a pair of long, slender tubes found in female mammals that carry egg cells from the ovaries to the uterus.
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fallopian tubes in Culture
fallopian tubes [(fuh-loh-pee-uhn)]

The slender tubes through which ova pass from the ovaries to the uterus. Fertilization normally takes place in the fallopian tubes. (See reproductive systems.)

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Encyclopedia Article for fallopian tubes

fallopian tube

either of a pair of long narrow ducts located in the human female abdominal cavity that transport the male sperm cells to the egg, provide a suitable environment for fertilization, and transport the egg from the ovary, where it is produced, to the central channel (lumen) of the uterus.

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