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

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 When the pandemic initially shut down schools, Vanessa Perry, whose son Ryan was diagnosed with the rare autoimmune disorder Henoch-Schönlein purpura last year, opted for remote learning. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 25 Aug. 2021 There are nine different species of Echinacea, although three are used for medicinal purposes: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida and Echinacea purpura. Anchorage Daily News, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 27 Jan. 2018 See More

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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 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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