ecchymosis

noun
ec·​chy·​mo·​sis | \ ˌe-ki-ˈmō-səs How to pronounce ecchymosis (audio) \
plural ecchymoses\ ˌe-​ki-​ˈmō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce ecchymoses (audio) \

Definition of ecchymosis

: the escape of blood into the tissues from ruptured blood vessels

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Other Words from ecchymosis

ecchymotic \ ˌe-​ki-​ˈmä-​tik How to pronounce ecchymotic (audio) \ adjective

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These look quite different from ecchymoses, which have a blotchy appearance. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "When should people worry about bruising?," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ecchymosis

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ecchymosis

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek ekchȳ́mōsis, from ekchȳmō-, stem of ekchȳmoûsthai "to extravasate blood" (from ek- ec- + -chȳmousthai, verbal derivative of chȳmós "juice of plants, animal or plant fluid, humor") + -sis -sis — more at chyme

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ecchymosis

noun
ec·​chy·​mo·​sis | \ ˌek-ə-ˈmō-səs How to pronounce ecchymosis (audio) \
plural ecchymoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce ecchymoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of ecchymosis

: the escape of blood into the tissues from ruptured blood vessels marked by a livid black-and-blue or purple spot or area also : the discoloration so caused

Other Words from ecchymosis

ecchymotic \ -​ˈmät-​ik How to pronounce ecchymotic (audio) \ adjective

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