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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