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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ectopic

\ek-TOP-ik\ , adjective;
1.
Occurring in an abnormal position or place; displaced.
Quotes:
It does not appear that any modern author, or any of our large numbers of "systems" of surgery, has taken up this important aspect of "ectopic tumors."
-- Dr. Thomas H. Manley, The Medical Times and Register, Vol. 33 - 34
Diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy was made and immediate operation decided upon.
-- Dr. J. Henry Barbat, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 32
Origin:
Ectopic is from the invented Greek word ectopia meaning "out of place." It was coined in 1873.
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