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

Examples of purpura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The hematologist was particularly concerned about thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or T.T.P., a disease in which the clotting system goes wild and starts making abnormal clots in small blood vessels throughout the body. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Did This Woman Collapse With a Rash After Her Eggs Were Harvested?," 16 Mar. 2017 After being shuffled around to multiple hospitals, a doctor at a children's hospital in New Hyde Park diagnosed her with an autoimmune disease called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (or TTP). Mallory Schlossberg, Redbook, "This Mom Couldn't Carry a Baby — So Her Friend Did It for Her," 31 Mar. 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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11 Dec 2019

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“Purpura.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purpura. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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