petechia [pi- tee-kee- uh, - tek-ee- uh] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural pe·te·chi·ae . [pi- tee-kee-ee, - tek-ee-ee] /pɪˈti kiˌi, -ˈtɛk iˌi/ . Pathology a minute, round, nonraised hemorrhage in the skin or in a mucous or serous membrane. Origin of petechia 1575–85;
(in plural) rash, spots on skin <
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British Dictionary definitions for petechia noun plural -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 n.
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 (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. Related forms pe•te ′chi•al adj.
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