petechia

noun
pe·te·chia | \ pə-ˈtē-kē-ə \
plural petechiae\pə-ˈtē-kē-ˌī \

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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petechial \pə-ˈtē-kē-əl \ adjective

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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, "A mother Googled her toddler’s symptoms — and believes it may have saved the child’s life," 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, "Why Did This Woman Collapse With a Rash After Her Eggs Were Harvested?," 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

noun
pe·te·chia | \ pə-ˈtē-kē-ə \
plural petechiae\-kē-ˌī \

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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