Definition of ectopic
: occurring in an abnormal position or in an unusual manner or form ectopic lesions
ectopicallyplay \ek-ˈtä-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of ectopic from the Web
The first was an ectopic pregnancy; the second, a fluke, doctors said.
Remy opened up about her own personal struggle with an ectopic pregnancy.
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).
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.
In clinic trials with the device, 0.1 percent of users had an ectopic pregnancy in a single year, the company said.
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Origin and Etymology of ectopic
Greek ektopos out of place, from ex- out + topos place
First Known Use: 1873See Words from the same year
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
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