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ecstasy an emotional state of intense pleasure or joy. [2 definitions]
ecstatic in a condition of extreme delight, overpowering emotion, or religious trance; enraptured. [2 definitions]
ecto- outside; outer.
ectoderm an animal embryo's outermost layer of cells, from which the skin, nervous system, and sense organs develop.
ectomorphic of a slender, lightly muscled body structure. (Cf. endomorphic, mesomorphic.)
-ectomy removal by surgery; excision.
ectopic out of the normal place, as an organ of the body or a pregnancy.
ectopic pregnancy a pregnancy in which a fertilized ovum begins developing outside the uterus, as in a fallopian tube.
ectoplasm the outer part of the material surrounding the nucleus of a cell. (Cf. endoplasm.)
ectoplasmic pertaining to or associated with the ectoplasm.
Ecuador a South American country on the Pacific coast between Colombia and Peru.
ecumenical of or relating to unity, or efforts to achieve unity, among all the Christian religions. [2 definitions]
ecumenicism see "ecumenism."
ecumenism a movement to unify Christianity.
eczema a skin disease that causes redness, itching, and scaly or crusty sores.
-ed used to form the past tense and past participle of regular verbs. [3 definitions]
ed. abbreviation of "editor," "edited," or "edition." [2 definitions]
Edam a hard, mild, yellow cheese formed in rounds and usu. covered with red wax.
Ed.D. abbreviation of "Doctor of Education."
Edda either of two early Icelandic literary works, one a collection of religious and mythological poems, and the other a summary of Norse mythology and a manual on poetry.
eddy a small current of water, air, fog, dust, or the like that moves contrary to the main current, esp. rotating like a whirlpool. [2 definitions]