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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ek-top′ik


  1. Out of place; said of an organ not in its proper position, or of a pregnancy occurring elsewhere than in the cavity of the uterus.
  2. In cardiography, denoting a heartbeat that has its origin in some abnormal focus; developing from a focus other than the sinuatrial node.

Synonym(s): heterotopic1

[see ectopia]