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petechia

[pi-tee-kee-uh, -tek-ee-uh] /pɪˈti ki ə, -ˈtɛk i ə/
noun, plural petechiae
[pi-tee-kee-ee, -tek-ee-ee] /pɪˈti kiˌi, -ˈtɛk iˌi/ (Show IPA).
Pathology
1.
a minute, round, nonraised hemorrhage in the skin or in a mucous or serous membrane.
Origin
1575-1585
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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Examples for petechiae
  • The roof of the mouth may have fine red lesions called petechiae.
British Dictionary definitions for petechiae

petechia

/pɪˈtiːkɪə/
noun (pl) -chiae (-kɪˌiː)
1.
a minute discoloured spot on the surface of the skin or mucous membrane, caused by an underlying ruptured blood vessel
Derived Forms
petechial, adjective
Word Origin
C18: via New Latin from Italian petecchia freckle, of obscure origin
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petechiae in Medicine

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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