Fallopian tubes

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The fallopian tubes are part of the female reproductive tract. The fallopian tubes can also be known as the oviducts and uterine tract and are said to be 'j-shaped'[1]

The function of the fallopian tubes is to allow and aid passage of the Ovum to the uterus having come from the ovary[2]

Specialised structures such at the 'finger-like' projections of the ciliated epithelial cells found lining the inner mucosa allow this function to be carried out effectively by having a wave like movement assisting the movement of the ova. 

The tubes have a wall of smooth muscle  which also assists the movement as it contracts  allowing for effective transportation[3]

References 

  1. TeachMeAnatomy. (2016). The Fallopian (Uterine) Tubes. [online] Available at: http://teachmeanatomy.info/pelvis/female-reproductive-tract/fallopian-tubes/ [Accessed 4 Dec. 2016].
  2. Paxton, S., Adele, and Peckham, M. (2016). The Leeds Histology Guide. [online] Histology.leeds.ac.uk. Available at: http://www.histology.leeds.ac.uk/female/oviduct.php [Accessed 4 Dec. 2016].
  3. TeachMeAnatomy. (2016). The Fallopian (Uterine) Tubes. [online] Available at: http://teachmeanatomy.info/pelvis/female-reproductive-tract/fallopian-tubes/ [Accessed 4 Dec. 2016].
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