engagement The entrance of the presenting part of the fetus into the true pelvis or the
largest diameter of the presenting part into the true pelvis.
epididymis A coiled tube about 20 inches long which serves as a temporary storage
site for immature sperm.
estrogen The genetic term for the female sex hormones.
fallopian tubes Oviducts or uterine tubes leading from the uterine cavity towards each
fertilization The union of the male and female sex cells
fetal Pertaining to or related to the fetus.
fetus The child in utero from about the seventh to ninth week of gestation until birth.
fimbriae Fringes; especially the fingerlike ends of the fallopian tubes.
follicle A pouch-like depression or cavity.
follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) A hormone produced by the anterior pituitary
during the first half of the menstrual cycle.
fundus The superior, rounded region above the entrance of the fallopian tubes.
fraternal twins Fetuses that develop from two fertilized oval; also referred to as
dizygotic twins. They may be the same or different sex.
gene The smallest unit of inheritance; genes are located on the chromosomes.
genitalia Organs of generation, or reproduction.
gestation The period of intrauterine development from conception through birth;
Goodell's sign Marked softening of the cervix.
graafian follicle A mature, fully developed ovarian cyst containing a ripe ovum.
grandmultipara A woman who has had six or more births past the age of viability.