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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.


n. pl. ec·to·pies
1. The origination of cardiac electrical impulses in myocardium outside of the sinoatrial node. Also called ectopia.
2. See ectopia.

[From New Latin ectopia, displacement; see ectopia.]

ec·top′ic (-tŏp′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.ectopic - exhibiting ectopia
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals


adj ectopic pregnancyektopische or ektope Schwangerschaft


adj ectópico
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If the clinician detects early signs of ectopic eruption of the canines, an attempt should be made to prevent their impaction and the possible sequelae, selective extraction of the primary canines as early as 8 or 9 years of age has been suggested by Williams as an interceptive approach to canine impaction in Class I uncrowded cases.
Ectopic eruption of a tooth is rare; however, few reports of a tooth in the nose,[7] mandibular condyle,[8] and coronoid process,[9] have been mentioned in the literature.
The frequency of other anomalies was as follows: molar-incisor hypomineralization 0.25%, turner hypoplasia 0.1%, fluorosis 0.1%, odontoma 0.1%, fusion 0.09%, gemination 0.06%, amelogenesis imperfecta 0.05%, dens invaginatus 0.03%, talon cusp 0.02%, taurodontism 0.02%, macrodontia 0.02%, dentinogenesis imperfecta 0.02%, dilaceration 0.02%, ectopic eruption 0.01% and microdontia 0.01%.
Ectopic eruption of maxillary canines can lead to root resorption on maxillary lateral incisors especially on apical and middle thirds of the roots.
Kurol, "Resorption of incisors after ectopic eruption of maxillary canines: a CT study," The Angle Orthodontist, vol.
Such eruption deviation can occur with no apparent local or systemic cause, resulting in ectopic eruption of the tooth in a place normally occupied by another permanent tooth.
Complications such as impaction, delayed or ectopic eruption of adjacent teeth and diastema can be associated with supernumerary teeth.
Patterns of intra-osseous transmigration and ectopic eruption of mandibular canines: review of literature and report of nine additional cases.
Ectopic eruption or maxillary first permanent molar: Etiologic factors.
Ectopic eruption of maxillary third molar tooth in the maxillary sinus: A case report.
(2.) Weinberger S, Wright G: The unpredictability of primary molar resorption following ectopic eruption of permanent molars.