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ectopic

[ek-top-ik] /ɛkˈtɒp ɪk/
adjective, Pathology.
1.
occurring in an abnormal position or place; displaced.
Origin of ectopic
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; ectop(ia) + -ic
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  • In that spirit we may now consider the cases that occur in ectopic gestation.

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

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

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    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.

  • In ectopic gestation the foetus is active, the mother is passive, and there is no attempt at expulsion from either side.

  • In ectopic gestation with fatal rupture the foetus is, first, an active aggressor; secondly, it has no right to be where it is.

  • Is laparotomy licit when performed for extrauterine pregnancy or ectopic gestation?

  • A case of ectopic gestation is diagnosed, the conditions are explained to the woman, and she refuses to be operated upon.

  • By far the most important of the conditions of the Fallopian tubes is tubal pregnancy (or ectopic gestation).

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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ectopic in Medicine

ectopic ec·top·ic (ěk-tŏp'ĭk)
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
  (ěk-tŏp'ĭk)   
  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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