pertaining to or characterized by ectopia
2. located away from normal position.
3. arising or produced at an abnormal site or in a tissue where it is not normally found.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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. Synonym(s): heterotopic
2. In cardiography, denoting a heartbeat that has its origin in some abnormal focus; developing from a focus other than the sinuatrial node.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Out of place; said of an organ not in its proper position, or of a pregnancy occurring elsewhere than in the uterine cavity.
(3) , heterotopic
(1) , imperforate anus
2. cardiography Denoting a heartbeat that has its origin in some focus other than the sinuatrial node.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
ectopic Situated in a place remote from the usual location. An ECTOPIC PREGNANCY is one occurring outside the womb, often in the FALLOPIAN TUBE. Ectopic foci of womb lining tissue occur on the ovaries or in various parts of the abdomen in the condition of ENDOMETRIOSIS.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
ectopic being in an abnormal place; an ectopic pregnancy is one in which the embryo develops in a FALLOPIAN TUBE rather than in the UTERUS.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
Located away from normal position; ectopic pregnancy results in the attachment and growth of the fertilized egg outside of the uterus, a life-threatening condition.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Out of place; said of an organ not in its proper position, or of a pregnancy outside the cavity of the uterus.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
Patient discussion about ectopic
Q. What is an Ectopic Pregnancy? I've heard that an ectopic pregnancy can be very dangerous. What is exactly an ectopic pregnancy?
A. Thanks Ridings and Conger..
for easier understanding, ectopic pregnancy means a pregnancy that occurs not in the normal place (uterus/womb). It talks about the implantation of the zygote (embryo).
If it is implanted in uterus wall then it is normal, if it is not in uterus wall (endometrium) then it is called ectopic pregnancy.
So ectopic pregnancy includes :
- extra-uterine pregnancy (including tuba, abdomen, ovarium)
- abnormal intra-uterine pregnancy (some doctors include : cervix, muscular wall of uterine)
Q. Do doctors normally do ultrasounds to prove you have mis carried?? 2 weeks ago i found out i was pregnant, i started spottion so we went to the hospital where they toldl me i miscarried, but they did not do any alternative tests to prove it not even check my Hcg levels. Im wandering if i should get a second opinion to make sure.
A. Congratulations on the new pregnancy - that's wonderful news!More discussions about ectopic
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