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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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References in periodicals archive ?
Ectopia Cordis (EC) and omphalocele represents severe form of Pentalogy of Cantrell at birth.
This condition is called ectopia cordis among humans and is found in about one in 126,000 births.
Ectopia cordis (EC) is extremely rare and challenging congenital anomaly where the live, beating heart is located partially or totally outside the thoracic cavity with or without a pericardial covering.
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.
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.
Dentro del espectro de presentacion del sta se han incluido la pentalogia de Cantrell y la ectopia cordis. No se tiene una prevalencia definida de este sindrome.
Ectopia cordis (EC) is a rare congenital cardiac malformation defined as a defect in the anterior chest wall and abdominal wall with abnormal placement of the heart outside the thoracic cavity with associated defect in the parietal pericardium diaphragm, sternum, and in most cases cardiac malformations [1].
"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.
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).