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

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 This situation can also arise when treating ectopic pregnancies; in some edge cases, the fetus can grow to the point where cardiac activity is detected. Wired, 7 Aug. 2022 Methotrexate is a drug that treats ectopic pregnancies without surgery. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 But doctors also worry other forms of reproductive care, like treating ectopic pregnancies, could be targeted. Lindsay Whitehurst And Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2022 About 1 in every 30,000 pregnancies are ectopic, Mayo Clinic states. Greta Bjornson,, 11 Mar. 2022 An early ultrasound can confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus and not ectopic. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 As such pregnancies can be fatal, physicians typically will remove the ectopic tissue medically or through surgery. Tara Law, Time, 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, 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, 7 July 2017 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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