ectomorphic

adjective
ec·​to·​mor·​phic | \ ˌek-tə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce ectomorphic (audio) \

Definition of ectomorphic

1 : of or relating to the component in W. H. Sheldon's classification of body types that measures the body's degree of slenderness, angularity, and fragility
2 : characterized by a lean slender body build with slight muscular development

First Known Use of ectomorphic

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ectomorphic

ectoderm + -morphic; from the predominance in such types of structures developed from the ectoderm

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“Ectomorphic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ectomorphic. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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ectomorphic

adjective
ec·​to·​mor·​phic | \ ˌek-tə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce ectomorphic (audio) \

Medical Definition of ectomorphic

1 : of or relating to the component in W. H. Sheldon's classification of body types that measures the body's degree of slenderness, angularity, and fragility — compare endomorphic sense 1, mesomorphic sense 2a
2 : having a light body build — compare endomorphic sense 2, mesomorphic sense 2b

Other Words from ectomorphic

ectomorphy \ ˈek-​tə-​ˌmȯr-​fē How to pronounce ectomorphy (audio) \ noun, plural ectomorphies

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