ectopic

[ek-top-ik]
adjective Pathology.
occurring in an abnormal position or place; displaced.

Origin:
1870–75; ectop(ia) + -ic

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ectopia (ɛkˈtəʊpɪə)
 
n
med congenital displacement or abnormal positioning of an organ or part
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek ektopos out of position, from ek- out of + topos place]
 
ectopic
 
adj

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ectopic
1873, from ectopia (1847), coined in Mod.L. from Gk. ektopos, from ek- "out" + topos "place."
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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   (ěk-tŏp'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
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.
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