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ectopic

[ek-top-ik]
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adjective Pathology.
  1. occurring in an abnormal position or place; displaced.
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Origin of ectopic

First recorded in 1870–75; ectop(ia) + -ic
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Examples from the Web for ectopic

Historical Examples

  • In that spirit we may now consider the cases that occur in ectopic gestation.

    Essays In Pastoral Medicine

    Austin Malley

  • Ectopic gestation is a disease, not a physiological condition.

  • Extra-uterine pregnancy is also called ectopic pregnancy, or ectopic gestation.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • The discussion of the moral questions that arise in cases of ectopic gestation which began in volume ix.

  • Hence common skill in the difficult diagnosis of ectopic gestation can not be looked for.


Word Origin and History for ectopic

adj.

1873, from ectopia (1847), coined in Modern Latin from Greek ektopos "away from a place," from ek- "out" (see ex-) + topos "place" (see topos).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ectopic in Medicine

ectopic

(ĕk-tŏpĭk)
adj.
  1. Out of place, as of an organ not in its proper position, or of a pregnancy occurring elsewhere than in the cavity of the uterus.
  2. Of or relating to a heartbeat that has its origin elsewhere than in the sinoatrial node.
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ectopic in Science

ectopic

[ĕk-tŏpĭk]
  1. Out of place, as of an organ not in its proper position, or of a pregnancy occurring elsewhere than in the cavity of the uterus.
  2. Of or relating to a heartbeat that has its origin elsewhere than in the sinoatrial node.
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