Definition of polytopic in English:

polytopic

adjective

  • 1Biology. Of or relating to the independent origin of a species in a number of different places.

  • 2Cell Biology. Designating a protein that is an integral part of a biological membrane, which it traverses two or more times (so that different segments of the same protein are exposed adjacent to each other on the extracellular and cytoplasmic faces of the membrane).

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Botanical Gazette. From poly- + ancient Greek τόπος place + -ic.

Pronunciation

polytopic

/ˌpɒlɪˈtəʊpɪk/