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

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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 The first was an ectopic pregnancy; the second, a fluke, doctors said. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Kim and Sean Seese of Rydal," 28 June 2017 In women, untreated gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which may result in scar tissue that blocks fallopian tubes and causes ectopic pregnancy, long-term pelvic or abdominal pain, or infertility. Julie H. Case, Woman's Day, "3 Sneaky Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women," 22 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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The first known use of ectopic was in 1873

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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 ectopically (audio) \ adverb

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