ectomorph

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. SYN: longitype. [ecto- + G. morphe, form]

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ec·to·morph 'ek-tə-.mȯrf n an ectomorphic individual

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ec·to·morph (ekґto-morf) [ectoderm + Gr. morphē form] an individual having a type of body build in which tissues derived from the ectoderm predominate: there is a preponderance of linearity and fragility, with large surface area, thin muscles and subcutaneous tissue, and slightly developed digestive viscera, as contrasted with endomorph and mesomorph. ectomorphic adj

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  • ectomorph — 1940, coined by Sheldon from ECTO (Cf. ecto ) + Gk. morphe (see MORPHINE (Cf. morphine)). Related: Ectomorphic …   Etymology dictionary

  • ectomorph — [ek′tōmôrf΄, ek′təmôrf΄] n. an ectomorphic individual …   English World dictionary

  • ectomorph — /ek teuh mawrf /, n. a person of the ectomorphic type. [1935 40; ECTO + MORPH] * * * ▪ body type       a human physical type (somatotype) tending toward linearity, as determined by the physique classification system developed by the American… …   Universalium

  • ectomorph — noun Etymology: ectoderm + morph Date: 1940 an ectomorphic individual …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ectomorph — noun /ˈɛktəʊmɔːf,ˈɛktoʊmɔːrf,ˈɛktəmɔːrf/ a) Someone with a lean, only slightly muscular body b) Theoretical body type in which a person has a high metabolism. Such a person can easily maintain a low fat physique, but does not add muscle or body… …   Wiktionary

  • ectomorph — n. person with a slender body build …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ectomorph — [ ɛktə(ʊ)mɔ:f] noun Physiology a person with a lean and delicate build of body. Compare with endomorph and mesomorph. Derivatives ectomorphic adjective ectomorphy noun Origin 1940s: ecto from ectodermal (being the layer of the embryo …   English new terms dictionary

  • ectomorph — ec·to·morph …   English syllables

  • ectomorph — ec•to•morph [[t]ˈɛk təˌmɔrf[/t]] n. dvl pan a person of the ectomorphic type …   From formal English to slang

  • ectomorph — /ˈɛktoʊmɔf/ (say ektohmawf), /ˈɛktə / (say ektuh ) noun a person of ectomorphic type …   Australian English dictionary

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