ectopic

[ ek-top-ik ]
/ ɛkˈtɒp ɪk /

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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Word Origin and History for ectopic

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).

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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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