ectomorphic

adjective

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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These include the high-altitude environments in which many Kenyans are born and raised, widespread early exposure to running as a means of transportation, and the long-legged, ectomorphic body type that is common among Kenyans. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 27 July 2015

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ectomorphic was in 1940

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“Ectomorphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ectomorphic. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition

ectomorphic

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

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