ex-, ec-, e-

(Greek: out of, out, outside; away from; used as a prefix)

This is a prefix that is supposed to be used with words or roots of Greek origin. The ex- form is used before vowels or h; ec- goes before consonants.

ecstatically (adverb); more ecstatically, most ecstatically
1. Referring to how an individual acts in a very excited manner: Bob's wife reacted ecstatically when he told her that they were going on a cruise ship.
2. Referring to how a person is filled with extreme happiness: Tom swelled up ecstatically when he found out that he had won the contest!
ectoderm (s) (noun), ectoderms (pl)
The layer of cells that covers the outer surface of the three primary germ layers of of multicellular animal embryos, from which the epidermis, nervous tissue, and, in vertebrates, sense organs develop.
ectogenous (adjective)
A reference to certain pathogenic micro-organisms that are able to live and develop outside of their hosts.
ectopia (s) (noun), ectopias (pl)
1. A change from the usual positioning of an organ or body part.
2. An abnormal position of a part or organ; especially, at the time of birth.
3. A condition in which an organ or part of the body is out of its normal place.

This condition may have been present since birth or it may have been acquired during some other point in life.

For example, ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy that develops outside the uterus. The uterus is a hollow organ in a female's body where the egg is implanted and the baby develops.

exarch (s) (noun), exarchs (pl)
Any of certain Eastern Orthodox bishops, lower in rank than a patriarch but higher than a metropolitan: "a "An exarch is a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers."
exegesis (s) (noun); exegeses (pl)
The explanation, critical interpretation, or analysis of text; especially, of the Bible.
exegete (s) (noun), exegetes (pl)
Someone who is skilled in explaining or interpreting; especially, of religious texts.
nonextended (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to something that is not stretched out: "Whenever there is a nonextended item, it is not elongated."