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ectopic

[ ek-top-ik ]
/ ɛkˈtɒp ɪk /
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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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Medical 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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Scientific 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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