Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An abnormal location or position of an organ or a body part, occurring congenitally or as the result of injury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition such that an organ or other body part has an abnormal position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A morbid displacement of parts, especially such as is congenial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, morbid displacement of parts, usually congenital: as, ectopia of the heart or of the bladder. Also ectopy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth)

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek ektopos, away from a place : ek-, away from, out of; see ecto- + topos, place.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I learned from Doctor Anonymous this morning that there's a real medical condition, called ectopia cordis, in which babies are born with their hearts outside their bodies.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Bisoi described the case -- called ectopia cordis, which only affects five to eight cases in 1 million live births -- as a "lifetime opportunity" that might shed light on how to deal with similar conditions in the future.

    AOL News

  • Dr. A reports on the progress of Naseem Hasni, born on Halloween, who's currently undergoing corrective surgery for this condition, and he includes a video clip about a young man named Christopher Wall, born in 1975, who when the clip was filmed held the record for being the longest-lived ectopia cordis patient.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • For this is a case of _ectopia cordis_, my boy, -- displacement of the heart; and it isn't every day you get a chance to overhaul such an interesting malformation.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 25, November, 1859

  • There was ectopia vesic├Ž and prolapse of the intestine at the umbilicus; the right kidney was elongated; the right vas deferens opened into the ureter.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • A unique case of ectopia of the testicle in a man of twenty-four is given by Popoff.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • There was ectopia vesicae and prolapse of the intestine at the umbilicus; the right kidney was elongated; the right vas deferens opened into the ureter.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • I found an article the other day which details a case-control study of cerebellar tonsillar ectopia (Chiari) and head/neck trauma (whiplash).

    Brain Injury Lawyer

  • Although no many of secondary image was accustomed in norwegian trials, and no nonasthmatic deficiencies for comparable inpatient are offered, methods should manufacture developmental of the ectopia of long-term quick effects.

    Wii-volution

  • "The Masque" is a work for the English Theater and often came out as such, incorporating baudy humor, (funny only because it was taking place in the ectopia of Jordan Hall) juvenile antics and hackneyed drama which seemed more the subsistence of the work than the music itself.

    The Tech - MIT's Student Newspaper

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