fallopian tube

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.

1700–10; named after Gabriello Fallopio (died 1562), Italian anatomist; see -ian

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Fallopian tube (fəˈləʊpɪən)
See oviduct either of a pair of slender tubes through which ova pass from the ovaries to the uterus in female mammalsRelated: oviducal, oviductal
Related: oviducal, oviductal
[C18: named after Gabriello Fallopio (1523--62), Italian anatomist who first described the tubes]

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Fallopian tube
1706, from Gabriello Fallopio (1523-1562), It. anatomist who first described them.
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fallopian tube or Fallopian tube
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 tube   (fə-lō'pē-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
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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