[ ek-toh-pee-uh ]
/ ɛkˈtoʊ pi ə /

noun Medicine/Medical.

the usually congenital displacement of an organ or part.

Origin of ectopia

1840–50; < New Latin < Greek éktop(os) out of place (ek- ec- + tópos place) + -ia -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ectopia


/ (ɛkˈtəʊpɪə) /


med congenital displacement or abnormal positioning of an organ or part

Derived Forms

ectopic (ɛkˈtɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ectopia

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


[ ĕk-tōpē-ə ]


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