ectopic pregnancy definition

  • noun:
    • Implantation and subsequent growth of a fertilized ovum outside of the uterus, such as a fallopian tube.
    • A pregnancy when the fertilized ovum is implanted in just about any muscle except that the uterine wall surface. Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the Fallopian pipe (alleged tubal pregnancies), but implantation can also occur inside cervix, ovaries, and stomach. An abdominal maternity or heterotopic maternity is rare, just a few, fabulously rare (about 1:60,000,000) instances tend to be documented as arriving at term; when you look at the other cases, the mother dies first; an abdominal maternity could be the supreme obstetrical disaster. All are addressed by surgery where the lifetime of the non-viable fetus is sacrificed for that of mom.
    • maternity caused by pregnancy in other places than in the uterus

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