"Entopic" is an adjective with at least two meanings. First, it can mean "in the usual place" to refer to medical or anatomical objects. [cite dictionary
title = Hutchinson Dictionary of Difficult Words
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] It is the opposite of "ectopic", which means "not in the usual place" (such as an ectopic pregnancy).

Second, it can mean entoptic, that is "visible because of something within the eye" or "visible without an external stimulus". This meaning arises from a typographical error. [cite journal
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title = Erratum: Entoptic [corrected] phenomena in pregeniculate and postgeniculate hemianopsia with splitting of macula by perimetry
journal = American Journal of Ophthalmology
volume = 109
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Both meanings, however, can be supported etymologically: the words "entopic" and "entoptic" both have Greek roots; "en" means "in"; "topos" means "place", "ento" or "ent-" means "within" and "optic" refers to "sight" or "eye".

Entopic graphomania is a surrealist method in which dots are made at the sites of impurities in a blank sheet of paper, and lines are then made between the dots.


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