ectomorph


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to ectomorph: endomorph, mesomorph, Body types

ectomorph

 [ek´to-morf]
an individual having a type of body build in which ectodermal tissues predominate: there is relatively slight development of both the visceral and body structures, the body being linear and delicate.

ec·to·morph

(ek'tō-mōrf),
A constitutional body type or build (biotype or somatotype) in which tissues originating from the ectoderm predominate; from a morphological standpoint, the limbs predominate over the trunk.
Synonym(s): longitype
[ecto- + G. morphē, form]

ectomorph

(ĕk′tə-môrf′)
n.
An individual having a lean, slightly muscular body build in which tissues derived from the embryonic ectoderm predominate.

ec′to·mor′phic adj.
ec′to·mor′phy n.

ectomorph

[ek′təmôrf′]
Etymology: Gk, ektos + morphe, form
a person whose physique is characterized by slenderness, fragility, and a predominance of structures derived from the ectoderm. Compare endomorph, mesomorph. See also asthenic habitus.

ec·to·morph

(ek'tō-mōrf)
A constitutional body type or build (biotype or somatotype) in which tissues originating from the ectoderm predominate; from a morphologic standpoint, the limbs predominate over the trunk.
[ecto- + G. morphē, form]

ectomorph

One of the arbitrarily classified body types (SOMATOTYPES). Ectomorphic people are lean and moderately muscled.

ectomorph,

n one of the three somatotypes described by W.H. Sheldon, characterized by a linear, thin, delicate body with small bone and muscle structure and mass. See also somatotype.

ec·to·morph

(ek'tō-mōrf)
A constitutional body type or build (biotype or somatotype) in which tissues originating from the ectoderm predominate; limbs predominate over trunk.
[ecto- + G. morphē, form]

ectomorph (ek´tōmôrf),

n a constitutional body type (Sheldon's classification) characterized by long, fragile bones and a highly developed nervous system.
References in periodicals archive ?
Dietary intake of researched sample indicated that most of the ectomorphs (42%) used to take protein and vitamin rich food and 23% used to eat take away food.
BEST EXERCISE: This might be the most envied group but, even with their super-fast metabolism, older ectomorphs can often gain weight as their bodies slow down because they are not used to exercising or watching calorie intake.
Accomplished long-distance runners and basketball players are often ectomorphs.
At the heavier end of the body-type scale, the ideal body for weight- lifting and throwing is the ectomorph.
There are three main basic physiques - the ectomorph or slender frame which is narrow and thin, the mesomorph or broad frame which is wide and muscular, and the endomorph or thick frame which is deep and rounded.
BEFORE you start on a leg-improving programme it is useful to note that there are different body types: endomorph, mesomorph and ectomorph.
She's the kind of person who disregards haters and presses onward--just like, come to think of it, Susan Powter, the last blond lesbian to try to whip us all into healthy ectomorphs.
Ectomorphs find it easy to lose weight and keep it off.
Dr Genner said that in effect, big and small fish use different habitats; and because of this habitat segregation, fish usually mate with individuals of similar size, asserting that there is virtually no genetic exchange between the large- and small-bodied ectomorphs.
So a couple of the flat-stomached Type A ectomorphs who walk around in circles all day in the West Wing exchanging snappy Shakespearean repartee came up with a stealth weapon for the war on fat: Money.