purpura

noun
pur·​pu·​ra | \ ˈpər-pyə-rə How to pronounce purpura (audio) , -pə-rə \

Definition of purpura

: any of several hemorrhagic states characterized by patches of purplish discoloration resulting from extravasation of blood into the skin and mucous membranes

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Other Words from purpura

purpuric \ ˌpər-​ˈpyu̇r-​ik How to pronounce purpura (audio) \ adjective

Examples of purpura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are nine different species of Echinacea, although three are used for medicinal purposes: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida and Echinacea purpura. Anchorage Daily News, "Environmental Nutrition: Boost your immunity," 16 Aug. 2020 Echinacea purpura extract is widely used to help deal with various infectious diseases, especially in children, the elderly and the immunocompromised. Anchorage Daily News, "Environmental Nutrition: Boost your immunity," 16 Aug. 2020 The researchers -- from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College -- wrote in their report that the skin discoloration could represent partial occlusion or blockage of blood vessels, and the retiform purpura could represent full blockage. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Covid-19 patients may develop skin rashes and discoloration, studies find," 5 Aug. 2020 This might sound surprising, but getting diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia (also known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or ITP) can come as a relief. Joni Sweet, SELF, "Chronic ITP Treatment: What You Need to Know," 3 Aug. 2020 At first the man reported flu-like symptoms and later developed severe sepsis and purpura fulminans, an acute disorder that causes blood spots, bruising and discoloration of the skin as well as necrosis. Jack Guy, CNN, "Man dies after being licked by his dog and contracting rare infection," 25 Nov. 2019 Evidence of a bleeding condition like idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) could also appear on a blood test, since it’s marked by a low platelet count. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "This Is When to See Your Doctor About Heavy Periods," 29 Mar. 2018 Having a clotting disorder Some bleeding disorders, like hemophilia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), cause your blood to not clot enough. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Things That Can Raise Your Risk of Blood Clots," 27 Jan. 2018 In some cases, bruising easily can also be a sign of an underlying health condition like anemia or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a disorder that can cause people to easily or excessively bruise or bleed. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here Are the Only Ways to Actually Get Rid of a Bruise Faster," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of purpura

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for purpura

New Latin, from Latin, purple color

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“Purpura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purpura. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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purpura

noun
pur·​pu·​ra | \ ˈpər-p(y)ə-rə How to pronounce purpura (audio) \

Medical Definition of purpura

: 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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