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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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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Working diagnosis of ectopia cordis to rule out pentalogy of Cantrell with presumed sepsis was made.
There are rare reports of dual ectopia or two separate foci of ectopic tissue in different locations [23].
"According to veterinary doctors, ectopia cordis (EC) is a congenital defect of animals in which the heart is located outside the body or abnormally in the cervical region, pectoral region, or abdomen.
Characteristic eye abnormalities of WMS are microspherophakia and ectopia lentis which causes high myopia (mostly dislocates either inferiorly or anteriorly).
This came after the experience of Wellington couple, Emma Gilkison and Roy Costilla, whose infant son JV was born with his heart protruding through the chest wall (ectopia cordis) in 2014 (see "Neonatal nursing: A gift to a dying baby and his family", February, Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, p37).
Sin embargo, dado el desarrollo y accesibilidad de otras pruebas en imagenes diagnosticas y laboratorio, hoy en dia la gammagrafia tiroidea proporciona beneficios diagnosticos en situaciones muy concretas tales como el estudio del paciente con tirotoxicosis (1-6), nodulo tiroideo con citologia indeterminada (7-11) y en pediatria para identificar condiciones tales como agenesia o ectopia de la tiroides (4,5, 12,13).
PC included the following pentad: abdominal wall defect, a defect of the lower sternum, anterior diaphragm defect, ectopia cordis, as well as a variety of intracardiac anomalies [1].
Ectopia cordis is a rare congenital malformation in which the heart is located partially or totally outside the thoracic cavity.
* Bilateral ectopia lentis (in 50-80% of cases) (18)
Ectopia Vesicae: These unfortunate children with atrophy of the bladder have no hope for continent bladder.
(2) Ocular features are: 70 to 80% of patients with MFS have ectopia lentis which is the most common form of ocular involvement.