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[ek-top-ik] /ɛkˈtɒp ɪk/
adjective, Pathology
1.
occurring in an abnormal position or place; displaced.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; ectop(ia) + -ic
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Examples for ectopic
  • ectopic heartbeats are small variations in an otherwise normal heartbeat that causes an irregular pulse.
  • ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus.
  • Click the icon to see an image of an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Survival for people with ectopic tumors depends on the tumor type.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, and ectopic pregnancy.
  • Continued pain or pregnancy symptoms may indicate a possible ectopic or tubal pregnancy.
  • One from her husband saying that they were in the emergency room, she had an ectopic pregnancy and was going to surgery.
  • Explains the causes and complications of ectopic kidney, a birth defect in which a kidney is located in an abnormal position.
Word Origin and History for 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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ectopic in Medicine

ectopic ec·top·ic (ěk-tŏp'ĭk)
adj.

  1. 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.

  2. Of or relating to a heartbeat that has its origin elsewhere than in the sinoatrial node.

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ectopic in Science
ectopic
  (ěk-tŏp'ĭk)   
  1. 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.

  2. Of or relating to a heartbeat that has its origin elsewhere than in the sinoatrial node.


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