het·​ero·​top·​ic ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈtä-pik How to pronounce heterotopic (audio)
: occurring in an abnormal place
heterotopic bone formation
heterotopic liver transplant

Examples of heterotopic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The major cause of heterotopic ossification is trauma, and a hip replacement surgery is quite traumatic. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2021

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Word History


heter- + Greek topos place

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heterotopic was in 1878

Dictionary Entries Near heterotopic

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“Heterotopic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterotopic. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


het·​ero·​top·​ic ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈtäp-ik How to pronounce heterotopic (audio)
: occurring in an abnormal place
heterotopic bone formation
: grafted or transplanted into an abnormal position
heterotopic liver transplantation
heterotopia noun
also heterotopy
plural heterotopias or heterotopies
heterotopically adverb
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