ectopic

[ek-top-ik]

adjective Pathology.

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 of ectopic

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

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

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • When the ectopic ovum begins to develop in the Fallopian tube the placental villi erode the tubal wall and the blood-vessels.

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

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



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ectopic

ectopic

[ĕk-tŏpĭk]

adj.

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.
Of or relating to a heartbeat that has its origin elsewhere than in the sinoatrial node.
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Science definitions for ectopic

ectopic

[ĕk-tŏpĭk]

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.
Of or relating to a heartbeat that has its origin elsewhere than in the sinoatrial node.
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