petechia

[pi-tee-kee-uh, -tek-ee-uh]
noun, plural petechiae [pi-tee-kee-ee, -tek-ee-ee] . Pathology.
a minute, round, nonraised hemorrhage in the skin or in a mucous or serous membrane.

Origin:
1575–85; < Neo-Latin < Italian petecchia (in plural) rash, spots on skin < Vulgar Latin *(im)petīcula, equivalent to Latin impetīc-, stem of impetīx, variant of impetīgō impetigo + -ula -ule

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petechia (pɪˈtiːkɪə)
 
n , pl -chiae
a minute discoloured spot on the surface of the skin or mucous membrane, caused by an underlying ruptured blood vessel
 
[C18: via New Latin from Italian petecchia freckle, of obscure origin]
 
pe'techial
 
adj

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petechia pe·te·chi·a (pə-tē'kē-ə)
n. pl. pe·te·chi·ae (-kē-ī')
A small purplish spot on a body surface, such as the skin or a mucous membrane, caused by a minute hemorrhage and often seen in typhus.


pe·te'chi·al adj.
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The roof of the mouth may have fine red lesions called petechiae.
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