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ectomorph

[ek-tuh-mawrf] /ˈɛk təˌmɔrf/
noun
1.
a person of the ectomorphic type.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; ecto- + -morph
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Examples for ectomorph
  • The ectomorph was likely to be intelligent and sensitive but tended toward nervousness and secretiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for ectomorph

ectomorph

/ˈɛktəʊˌmɔːf/
noun
1.
a person with a thin body build: said to be correlated with cerebrotonia Compare endomorph, mesomorph
Derived Forms
ectomorphic, adjective
ectomorphy, noun
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Word Origin and History for ectomorph
ectomorph
1940, coined by Sheldon from ecto- + Gk. morphe (see morphine). Related: Ectomorphic.
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ectomorph in Medicine

ectomorph ec·to·morph (ěk'tə-môrf')
n.
An individual having a lean, slightly muscular body build in which tissues derived from the embryonic ectoderm predominate.


ec'to·mor'phic adj.
ec'to·mor'phy n.
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Encyclopedia Article for ectomorph

a human physical type (somatotype) tending toward linearity, as determined by the physique classification system developed by the American psychologist W.H. Sheldon. Although classification by the Sheldon system is not absolute, a person is classed as an ectomorph if ectomorphy predominates over endomorphy and mesomorphy in his body build. The extreme ectomorph has a thin face with high forehead and receding chin; narrow chest and abdomen; a narrow heart; rather long, thin arms and legs; little body fat and little muscle; but a large skin surface and a large nervous system. If well fed he does not gain weight easily, and if he becomes fat he is still considered an ectomorph, only overweight. Compare endomorph; mesomorph.

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