ec·​top·​ic | \ ek-ˈtä-pik How to pronounce ectopic (audio) \

Definition of ectopic

: occurring in an abnormal position or in an unusual manner or form ectopic lesions

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Other Words from ectopic

ectopically \ ek-​ˈtä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ectopic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of ectopic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An early ultrasound can confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus and not ectopic. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, "When and Why to Get Ultrasounds During Pregnancy," 17 Apr. 2020 As such pregnancies can be fatal, physicians typically will remove the ectopic tissue medically or through surgery. Tara Law, Time, "Ohio Bill Suggests Doctors Who Perform Abortions Could Face Jail, Unless They Perform a Non-Existent Treatment," 1 Dec. 2019 House Democrats fought the proposal in a series of amendments, attempting to add exceptions for severe fetal abnormalities, ectopic pregnancies, rape, incest and the mental health of the mother. Morgan Smith, star-telegram, "‘Rape insurance’ decried as Texas House passes bill limiting coverage of abortion," 8 Aug. 2017 If left untreated, gonorrhea can increase a woman’s risk of developing HIV infection, infertility or ectopic pregnancy—among other effects. Amy Maxmen, Scientific American, "Untreatable Gonorrhea on the Rise Worldwide," 7 July 2017 Gonorrhoea is often asymptomatic and if left untreated could cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, as well as increased risk of HIV. Fox News, "WHO warns of untreatable superbug gonorrhoea found in at least 3 patients," 7 July 2017 Remy opened up about her own personal struggle with an ectopic pregnancy. Sabrina Finkelstein, Billboard, "Remy Ma Plans to Start a Fund for Women Who Can't Conceive," 21 June 2017 When women have an ectopic pregnancy, they and their doctors are faced with a choice – to allow the pregnancy to continue (both the mother and the embryo will die) or to terminate the pregnancy (to save the mother’s life). Mercury News Readers, The Mercury News, "June 2 Letters: Why Trump is right to not abide by Paris accord," 1 June 2017 In clinic trials with the device, 0.1 percent of users had an ectopic pregnancy in a single year, the company said. Fox News, "Oh, Baby! How can you get pregnant using an IUD?," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of ectopic

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ectopic

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

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“Ectopic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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ec·​top·​ic | \ ek-ˈtäp-ik How to pronounce ectopic (audio) \

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

Other Words from ectopic

ectopically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ectopic (audio) \ adverb

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