petechia

noun
pe·​te·​chia | \ pə-ˈtē-kē-ə How to pronounce petechia (audio) \
plural petechiae\ pə-​ˈtē-​kē-​ˌī How to pronounce petechia (audio) \

Definition of petechia

: a minute reddish or purplish spot containing blood that appears in skin or mucous membrane as a result of localized hemorrhage

Other Words from petechia

petechial \ pə-​ˈtē-​kē-​əl How to pronounce petechia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of petechia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bruising is a common sign of ITP, as are symptoms like petechiae (small dots of blood that look like a skin rash), sudden bloody noses, gums that bleed out of nowhere, and more, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 21 June 2019 Although petechiae can be a sign of leukemia, it can also be caused by things like a bad cough or sunburn, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2018 Those dots, little bits of blood trapped beneath the skin, known as petechiae, suggested that there was something wrong with her platelets, the components of blood that initiate clotting. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 16 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of petechia

circa 1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petechia

New Latin, from Italian petecchia, ultimately from Latin impetigo

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The first known use of petechia was circa 1784

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“Petechia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petechia. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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petechia

noun
pe·​te·​chia | \ pə-ˈtē-kē-ə How to pronounce petechia (audio) \
plural petechiae\ -​kē-​ˌī How to pronounce petechia (audio) \

Medical Definition of petechia

: a minute reddish or purplish spot containing blood that appears in skin or mucous membrane as a result of localized hemorrhage

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