purpura

[pur-pyoor-uh]
noun Pathology.
a disease characterized by purple or brownish-red spots on the skin or mucous membranes, caused by the extravasation of blood.

Origin:
1680–90; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin purpura. See purple

purpuric [pur-pyoor-ik] , adjective
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purpura (ˈpɜːpjʊrə)
 
n
pathol any of several blood diseases causing purplish spots or patches on the skin due to subcutaneous bleeding
 
[C18: via Latin from Greek porphura a shellfish yielding purple dye]
 
'purpuric
 
adj

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purpura
1753, from Mod.L., from L. purpura (see purple). Disease characterized by purple patches on the skin.
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purpura pur·pu·ra (pûr'pə-rə, -pyə-)
n.
A condition characterized by hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes that result in the appearance of purplish spots or patches. Also called peliosis.

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Clinical evaluation of hemorrhagic disorders: the bleeding history and differential diagnosis of purpura.
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