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Gabriele Falloppio and his eponym “Fallopian tube”

  • May 10, 2012
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Gabriele Falloppio and his eponym “Fallopian tube”


Gabriele Falloppio (1523 to 9/10/1562) is often known by his Latin name Fallopius Fallopio and was a famous doctor an surgeon. He is the most illustrious of 16th century Italian anatomists, who contributed greatly to early knowledge of the ear and of the reproductive organs. Falloppius discovered the tubes that coonect the ovaries to the uterus (now known as fallopian tubes) and several major nerves of the head and face. He described the semicircular canals of the inner ear (responsible for maintaining body equilibrium) and named the vagina, placenta, clitoris, palate, and cochlea.


Fallopian tube, also called oviduct or uterine tube or salpinx is either of a pair of long narrow ducts located in the human female abdominal cavity. It transports the male sperm cells to the egg, provides a suitable environment for fertilization, and transports the egg from the ovary, where it is produced, to the central channel (lumen) of the uterus. Though the name is eponymous, some texts spell it with a lower case ‘f’ from the assumption that the adjective ‘fallopian’ tube has been absorbed into Modern English as the de facto name for the structure.

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