Definitions

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  • adj. Pertaining to, or situated near, the surface; outer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or situated near, the surface; outer; -- opposed to ental.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy, outer; external; superficial; peripheral: opposed to ental.

Etymologies

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ecto- + -al

Examples

  • On the calcaneum, the tuber is long and robust; the sustentaculum is oval, small, and shelf-like; the ectal facet is convex and confluent with the curved facet for the fibula; and the distal cuboid facet is slightly concave and obliquely oriented.

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  • Other astragalar facets include a narrow convex articular surface for the cuboid adjacent to the deeply notched surface for the navicular, a small curved surface laterally for articulation with the ectal facet of the calcaneum, a proximodistally elongated convex facet ventrally for long excursion on the calcaneal sustentacular surface, and a small facet adjacent to the cuboid facet for articulation with the calcaneum.

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  • Mrs. Shirley, and re [) ectal) le aunt Selby, and her honest man, healthy happiness, and so forth.

    Sir Charles Grandison

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