Definition of Ectopia

1. Noun. Abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth).

Generic synonyms: Attitude, Position, Posture
Derivative terms: Ectopic

Definition of Ectopia

1. n. A morbid displacement of parts, especially such as is congenial; as, ectopia of the heart, or of the bladder.

Definition of Ectopia

1. Noun. (pathology) The condition such that an organ or other body part has an abnormal position. ¹

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Definition of Ectopia

1. congenital displacement of parts or organs [n -S] : ECTOPIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Ectopia

1. An organ or other structure which is positioned abnormally within the body. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ectopia

ectonucleotide pyrophosphohydrolase
ectoparasitic infestations
ectopia cloacae
ectopia cordis
ectopia maculae
ectopia pupillae congenita
ectopia renis
ectopia testis
ectopic ACTH syndrome
ectopic beat
ectopic decidua
ectopic eyelash

Literary usage of Ectopia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Medicine: Including General Pathology, General Therapeutics by Richard Quain, Frederick Thomas Roberts, John Mitchell Bruce, Samuel Treat Armstrong (1894)
"Of the internal malpositions—ectopia cordis ... In a third form the heart lies at the root of the neck—ectopia cordia or ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"I have asked him to present himself before the Society in order that those members who may be interested may have the opportunity to see a case of " ectopia ..."

3. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1881)
"I apprehend that this ectopia is of much more frequent occurrence than is generally suspected or ... Some writers attribute this ectopia to tight lacing. ..."

4. A Practical Treatise on the Diagnosis, Pathology, and Treatment of Diseases by Austin Flint (1870)
"CHAPTER V. CONGENITAL MISPLACEMENTS, DEFECTS, AND MALFORMATIONS OF THE HEART. Transpositions and expositions—ectopia pectoralis cordis—ectopia ..."

5. Text-book of ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs (1892)
"The displacement has been observed to occur in different directions, and is frequently complicated with a corresponding dislocation of the lens (ectopia ..."

6. A Practical treatise on the diseases of infancy and childhood by Thomas Hawkes Tanner (1871)
"ectopia CORDIS.—In the regular evolution of the foetus, the opening on the anterior ... In this malformation—ectopia cordis as it is called—the heart has no ..."

7. A Treatise on Human Physiology by John Call Dalton (1871)
"... and the heart then remains partially or completely uncovered, in front of the chest, presenting the condition known as ectopia ..."

8. The Heart and the Aorta: Studies in Clinical Radiology by Henri Vaquez, Emile Bordet (1920)
"In the first case, the patient was affected with cardiac ectopia following congenital sternal malformation. Union had not taken place in the lower ..."

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