pelvic inflammatory disease

Definition / meaning of pelvic inflammatory disease

A condition in which the female reproductive organs are inflamed. It may affect the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and certain ligaments. Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually caused by a bacterial infection. It may cause infertility and an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tubes). Also called PID.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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