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[ek-uh-moh-sis] /ˌɛk əˈmoʊ sɪs/
noun, plural ecchymoses
[ek-uh-moh-seez] /ˌɛk əˈmoʊ siz/ (Show IPA).
a discoloration due to extravasation of blood, as in a bruise.
Origin of ecchymosis
1535-45; < New Latin < Greek ekchýmōsis extravasation, equivalent to ek- ec- + chȳm(ós) juice + -ōsis -osis
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[ek-uh-mot-ik] /ˌɛk əˈmɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
discoloration of the skin through bruising
Derived Forms
ecchymosed (ˈɛkɪˌməʊzd; -ˌməʊst), ecchymotic (ˌɛkɪˈmɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin, from Greek ekkhumōsis, from ekkhumousthai to pour out, from khumos juice
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ecchymoses in Medicine

ecchymosis ec·chy·mo·sis (ěk'ĭ-mō'sĭs)
n. pl. ec·chy·mo·ses (-sēz')
The passage of blood from ruptured blood vessels into subcutaneous tissue, marked by a purple discoloration of the skin.

ec'chy·mot'ic (-mŏt'ĭk) adj.
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