Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A morbid displacement of parts, especially such as is congenial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from Greek ektopos, away from a place : ek-, away from, out of; see ecto– + topos, place.]

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 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

  • There was ectopia vesicæ 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

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

    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

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