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[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).
a minute, round, nonraised hemorrhage in the skin or in a mucous or serous membrane.
Origin of petechia
1575-85; < New 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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for petechia


noun (pl) -chiae (-kɪˌiː)
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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Word Origin and History for petechia

plural petechiae, "small crimson or purple spots on skin," c.1795 (from 1580s in English texts as an Italian word), Modern Latin, from Italian petecchia "specks or freckles on the face," in plural form petecchie "measles," of unknown origin. Related: Petechial.

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petechia 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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