[ het-er-uh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˈtæk sɪs /


abnormal or irregular arrangement, as of parts of the body, geological strata, etc.
Also het·er·o·tax·i·a [het-er-uh-tak-see-uh] /ˌhɛt ər əˈtæk si ə/, het·er·o·tax·y.

Origin of heterotaxis

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British Dictionary definitions for heterotaxia


heterotaxy or heterotaxia

/ (ˌhɛtərəʊˈtæksɪs) /


an abnormal or asymmetrical arrangement of parts, as of the organs of the body or the constituents of a rock

Derived Forms

heterotactic, heterotactous or heterotaxic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for heterotaxia


[ hĕt′ə-rō-tăksē-ə ]


Abnormal arrangement of organs or parts of the body in relation to one another.
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