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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. the usually congenital displacement of an organ or part.
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Origin of ectopia

1840–50; < New Latin < Greek éktop(os) out of place (ek- ec- + tópos place) + -ia -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for ectopia


  1. med congenital displacement or abnormal positioning of an organ or part
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Derived Formsectopic (ɛkˈtɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek ektopos out of position, from ek- out of + topos place
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ectopia in Medicine


  1. An abnormal location or position of an organ or body part, occurring congenitally or as the result of an injury.
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