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An individual having a lean, slightly muscular body build in which tissues derived from the embryonic ectoderm predominate.

ec′to·mor′phic adj.
ec′to·mor′phy n.


(ˌɛk təˈmɔr fɪk)

having a thin body build, roughly characterized by the relative prominence of structures developed from the embryonic ectoderm (contrasted with endomorphic, mesomorphic).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ectomorphic - having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
lean, thin - lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
endomorphic, pyknic - having a squat and fleshy build; "a pyknic practical joke"
mesomorphic, muscular - having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer
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They too noted that the ectomorphic predominance changed with the passage of 2 yrs that tended towards the endomorphic component, which is in line with the results of the present study.
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The somatotype component values for endomorphic, mesomorphic, and ectomorphic components characterized the group as mesomorphic-endomorphic, as shown in Figure 1.
The latest high-profile cheater is the ectomorphic cyclist Lance Armstrong, who for years publicly claimed he had never touched a performance-enhancing drug.
Therefore, anthropometrically smaller individuals with ectomorphic body types are at higher risk of injury.
The body type of the respondents categorized assuming the body mass index showed that majority of the respondents had ectomorphic body type (BMI value <20).
Males, then, were significantly more likely to think they looked like the ectomorphic silhouette than were females, z=2.
Having in mind specific characteristics of the work in sewing processes (short time of performing the operations), future investigations will be based upon necessary dynamic anthropometry and operator's body constitution: endomorphic, mesomorphic and ectomorphic type.