Medical Definition of Heterotopic

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Heterotopic: In the wrong place, in an abnormal place, misplaced. From the Greek roots "hetero-" meaning "other" + "topos" meaning "place" = other place.

For example, heterotopic bone formation is the formation of bone where it is not normally found, as in muscle.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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