ectomorphic
adjective Etymology: ectoderm + -morphic; from the predominance in such types of structures developed from the ectoderm Date: 1940 1. of or relating to the component in W. H. Sheldon's classification of body types that measures the body's degree of slenderness, angularity, and fragility 2. characterized by a lean slender body build with slight muscular development

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  • ectomorphic — [ek΄tō môr′fik, ek΄təmôr′fik] adj. [ ECTO + MORPHIC] designating or of the slender physical type, characterized by predominance of the structures developed from the ectodermal layer of the embryo, as skin, nerves, brain, and sense organs: cf.… …   English World dictionary

  • ectomorphic — ectomorphy, n. /ek teuh mawr fik/, adj. having a thin body build, roughly characterized by the relative prominence of structures developed from the embryonic ectoderm (contrasted with endomorphic, mesomorphic). [1935 40; ECTO + MORPHIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • ectomorphic — adjective Of or pertaining to an ectomorph. Syn: leptosomatic …   Wiktionary

  • ectomorphic — Relating to, or having the characteristics of, an ectomorph. * * * ec·to·mor·phic .ek tə mȯr fik adj 1) of or relating to the component in W. H. Sheldon s classification of body types that measures the body s degree of slenderness, angularity,… …   Medical dictionary

  • ectomorphic — ec·to·mor·phic …   English syllables

  • ectomorphic — adj. describing a body type that is relatively thin, with a large skin surface in comparison to weight. Derivatives: ectomorph n. ectomorphy n …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • ectomorphic — ec•to•mor•phic [[t]ˌɛk təˈmɔr fɪk[/t]] adj. dvl pan having a thin body build, roughly characterized by the relative prominence of structures developed from the embryonic ectoderm (contrasted with endomorphic,mesomorphic) …   From formal English to slang

  • ectomorphic — Being slender and thin …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • ectomorphic — /ɛktoʊˈmɔfɪk/ (say ektoh mawfik), /ɛktə / (say ektuh ) adjective having a thinly built body characterised by the relative prominence of structures developed from the embryonic ectoderm (distinguished from endomorphic, mesomorphic) …   Australian English dictionary

  • ectomorphic — adjective having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs • Ant: ↑endomorphic, ↑mesomorphic • Similar to: ↑asthenic • See Also: ↑thin, ↑lean * * * …   Useful english dictionary

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