ec·chy·mo·sis | \ˌe-ki-ˈmō-səs \
plural ecchymoses\ˌe-ki-ˈmō-ˌsēz \

Definition of ecchymosis 

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

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ecchymotic \ˌe-ki-ˈmä-tik \ 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

New Latin, from Greek ekchymōsis, from ekchymousthai to extravasate blood, from ex- + chymos juice — more at chyme

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The first known use of ecchymosis was in 1541

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ec·chy·mo·sis | \ˌek-ə-ˈmō-səs \
plural ecchymoses\-ˌsēz \

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 \ adjective

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