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ectopic

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adjective ec·top·ic \ek-ˈtä-pik\

Definition of ectopic

  1. :  occurring in an abnormal position or in an unusual manner or form <ectopic lesions>

ec·top·i·cal·ly play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of ectopic

Greek ektopos out of place, from ex- out + topos place


First Known Use: 1873

Rhymes with ectopic


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ectopic

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adjective ec·top·ic \ek-ˈtäp-ik\

Medical Definition of ectopic

  1. 1:  occurring in an abnormal position <an ectopic kidney>—compare entopic

  2. 2:  originating in an area of the heart other than the sinoatrial node <ectopic beats>; also :  initiating ectopic heartbeats <an ectopic pacemaker>

  3. ec·top·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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