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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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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.
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.
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.
La pentalogia de Cantrell se caracteriza por cinco hallazgos: defecto de la pared toraco-abdominal, hipoplasia de la porcion inferior del esternon, hernia diafragmatica anterior, pericardio pobremente formado y anomalias cardiacas, entre ellas la mas representativa es la ectopia cordis (2, 3).
It is characterized by an upper midline omphalocele, anterior diaphragmatic hernia, ectopia cordis, sternal cleft and intracardiac defects.
The incredibly rare defect, ectopia cordis, affects only eight in every million births and ninety percent of these are stillborn or die within three days.
A voluntary organisation later announced it would adopt the child suffering from a rare congenital defect called ectopia cordis, in which the heart is abnormally located.