fallopian tubes: the left and right tubes of the uterus that connect the uppermost part of the uterine cavity bilaterally with the ovaries. They are so positioned as to be able to transport the egg released from the ovary to the uterine cavity for implanting. They are named for the Italian anatomist Gabriello Fallopius (1523-1562). Synonym, oviducts.

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The fallopian tubes are also part of the direct communication between the inside of a woman's body (her peritoneum) and the outside via the vagina. Uhuh. The fallopian tubes open directly into the peritoneum.

On ovulation, the fallopian tubes actually move to overlap the ovary, in order to catch the ejected egg. The fallopian tubes are also the usual sites for sperm-egg union. The zygote is carried by the fallopian tube to the uterus where it usually implants.

An accidental implantation of the embryo in the fallopian tube results in an ectopic pregnancy, a potentially life threatening situation.

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