purpura

noun

pur·​pu·​ra ˈpər-pyə-rə How to pronounce purpura (audio)
-pə-rə
: any of several hemorrhagic states characterized by patches of purplish discoloration resulting from extravasation of blood into the skin and mucous membranes
purpuric adjective

Examples of purpura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While stress could explain some of Mary’s skin conditions, her petechiae and purpura had been clues to a potentially fatal disease. Robert A Norman, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2011 Together the purpura and petechiae signaled to me that Mary could be suffering from something far more serious than her previous bouts with neurodermatitis or her other ailments. Robert A Norman, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2011 These ailments include myocarditis, neuromyelitis optica, primary membranous nephropathy and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021 In a Today Parents interview published in July, Moore opened up about not being able to receive an epidural during childbirth due to an autoimmune disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Tracey Harrington McCoy, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 After the operation, Mary’s blood platelet count went up to 333,000, and her purpura and petechiae cleared up. Robert A Norman, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2011

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, purple color

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purpura was in 1753

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“Purpura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purpura. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

purpura

noun
pur·​pu·​ra ˈpər-p(y)ə-rə How to pronounce purpura (audio)
: any of several hemorrhagic states characterized by patches of purplish discoloration resulting from extravasation of blood into the skin and mucous membranes see thrombocytopenic purpura

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