Origin and Etymology of ectopic
Greek ektopos out of place, from ex- out + topos place
First Known Use: 1873
Medical Definition of ectopic
1: occurring in an abnormal position <an ectopic kidney>—compare entopic
2: originating in an area of the heart other than the sinoatrial node <ectopic beats>; also : initiating ectopic heartbeats <an ectopic pacemaker>
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