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1. An abnormal location or position of an organ or a body part, occurring congenitally or as the result of injury. Also called ectopy.
2. See ectopy.

[New Latin, from Greek ektopos, away from a place : ek-, away from, out of; see ecto- + topos, place.]

ec·top′ic (-tŏp′ĭk) adj.


(Pathology) med congenital displacement or abnormal positioning of an organ or part
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek ektopos out of position, from ek- out of + topos place]
ectopic adj
ecˈtopically adv


(ɛkˈtoʊ pi ə)

the usu. congenital displacement of an organ or part.
[1840–50; < Greek éktop(os) out of place]
ec•top′ic (-ˈtɒp ɪk) adj.
ec•top′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ectopia - abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth)
posture, attitude, position - the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
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Thyroid dysgenesis, the most common cause of congenital hypothyroidism, includes hypoplasia, ectopia, and agenesis.
The condition, ectopia cordis, which was discovered during a scan after nine weeks' pregnancy, showed the baby's heart and part of her stomach were growing on the outside of her body.
Ectopia cordis is a rare deformity in which a person's&nbsp;heart is located either partially or completely outside the chest cavity.
She was born on November 22 by caesarean section at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester after she was found to have ectopia cordis.
The condition, called ectopia cordis, is incredibly rare and most babies affected suffer from defects of the heart and other abnormalities.
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The generally accepted opinion on the mechanism of ectopia in the medicine community is that it is a congenital condition which develops during embryonic development stage.
Cullen se mostraba reticente de aplicar gonadotropina a los varones con ectopia testicular durante la infancia por los efectos adversos de la pubertad precoz y porque sus datos le permitian aventurar que era posible que evolucionaran espontaneamente.
Thus, the appearance of small permanent lateral incisors could be a useful indicator of future occurrence of buccal ectopia of maxillary canines.
1) Renal anomalies, including dysplasia, agenesis, polycystic kidney, hypoplasia, ectopia, and horseshoe kidney, have been reported in situs inversus.
Moreover, mutations in the FBN1 gen can result in classic MFS, neonatal MFS, ectopia lentis, familial ascending aortic aneurysm and isolated skeletal abnormalities.
La ectopia ureteral es la desembocadura de uno o ambos ureteres en una ubicacion distinta al trigono vesical [3], siendo los lugares mas comunes vagina (70%), uretra (12%), cuello de la vejiga (8%) y utero (3%) [1, 2, 8]; el peor pronostico es para la ectopia que desemboca en la uretra, ya que se asocia a un alto porcentaje de incontinencia postquirurgica [6].