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[het-er-uh-toh-pee-uh] /ˌhɛt ər əˈtoʊ pi ə/
noun, Pathology.
misplacement or displacement, as of an organ.
the formation of tissue in a part where its presence is abnormal.
Also, heterotopy
[het-uh-rot-uh-pee] /ˌhɛt əˈrɒt ə pi/ (Show IPA)
Origin of heterotopia
From New Latin; See origin at hetero-, top-, -ia
Related forms
[het-er-uh-top-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈtɒp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
heterotopous, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for heterotopia


abnormal displacement of a bodily organ or part
Derived Forms
heterotopic, heterotopous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from hetero- + Greek topos place
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heterotopia in Medicine

heterotopia het·er·o·to·pi·a (hět'ər-ə-tō'pē-ə) or het·er·ot·o·py (hět'ə-rŏt'ə-pē)

  1. Displacement of an organ or other body part to an abnormal location.

  2. Displacement of gray matter, usually into the deep cerebral white matter.

het'er·o·top'ic (-tŏp'ĭk) adj.
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