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

  • adj. Medicine Occurring in an abnormal anatomic location: heterotopic bone formation.
  • adj. Medicine Grafted or transplanted into an abnormal location: heterotopic liver transplantation.
  • adj. Ecology Occurring in a number of different habitats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Occurring in an abnormal anatomical location.
  • adj. Occurring in different habitats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as heterotopous.
  • Anisotropic; ├Žlotropic: opposed to isotropic.

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Examples

  • The procedure is called heterotopic heart transplantation, or a "piggyback transplant."

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  • As their studies showed, a neuropeptide in the brain known as Substance P appears to trigger the formation of the extraskeletal bone, but through its elimination, this abnormal growth, also known as heterotopic ossification, can be prevented.

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  • Seven years before the man showed up at the hospital, he had undergone a procedure known as a heterotopic heart transplant, in which a new heart is implanted into a patient's body to support the malfunctioning one.

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  • ROSEMONT, IL -- Marines and other military personnel who are wounded in combat as the result of a high-energy trauma, such as a bomb blast, are likely to develop an abnormality known as heterotopic ossification.

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  • ROSEMONT, IL-Marines and other military personnel who are wounded in combat as the result of a high-energy trauma, such as a bomb blast, are likely to develop an abnormality known as heterotopic ossification.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • This bizarre shift of tissue systems, known as heterotopic ossification in most cases, can be brought on with spinal cord injury, amputation and even hip surgery.

    Scientific American

  • The development of pancreatic tissue outside the confines of the main gland, without anatomic or vascular connections between them, is a congenital abnormality referred to as heterotopic pancreas.

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  • Those identities were first established by the queer and heterotopic spaces constructed out of old buildings or from whole cloth by men and women whose projects at the margins of their watering places eventually became their defining elements.

    James Warren: This Week In Magazines: Helping the Ill with Robots and an Academic Classic - Gays and Coastal Resorts

  • I've found a few paper that speak of sports fields and play areas as heterotopic, but none that tie those notions to Huizinga's concept of the play element.

    CFP: Breaking the Magic Circle

  • Successful heterotopic segmental liver transplantation from a live donor to a patient with Alagille syndrome.

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  • related to the concept of "other spaces" by the French philosopher Michel Foucault

    March 11, 2008