noun Pathology.

misplacement or displacement, as of an organ.
the formation of tissue in a part where its presence is abnormal.

Also het·er·ot·o·py [het-uh-rot-uh-pee] /ˌhɛt əˈrɒt ə pi/.

Origin of heterotopia

From New Latin; see origin at hetero-, top-, -ia
Related formshet·er·o·top·ic [het-er-uh-top-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈtɒp ɪk/, het·er·ot·o·pous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heterotopia


heterotopy (ˌhɛtəˈrɒtəpɪ)


abnormal displacement of a bodily organ or part
Derived Formsheterotopic or heterotopous, adjective

Word Origin for heterotopia

C19: from New Latin, from hetero- + Greek topos place
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heterotopia in Medicine




Displacement of an organ or other body part to an abnormal location.
Displacement of gray matter, usually into the deep cerebral white matter.
Related formshet′er•o•topic (-tŏpĭk) adj.
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