- a disease characterized by purple or brownish-red spots on the skin or mucous membranes, caused by the extravasation of blood.
Origin of purpura
1680–90; < New Latin, special use of Latin purpura. See purple
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Examples from the Web for purpura
Like the Purpura and the Pterocera, the bryony and other shells and plants.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
The purpura, as mentioned in Pliny, was an amethyst or violet color.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
It is probable that the men were suffering from starvation, purpura and dysentery.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
(d) In purpura hmorrhagica the number is enormously diminished.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
These are remedies which are useful in the counteraction of Scurvy and Purpura.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
- 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
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Word Origin and History for purpura
disease characterized by purple patches on the skin, 1753, from Modern Latin, from Latin purpura "purple dye" (see purple (n.)). Related: Purpuric.
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- A condition characterized by hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes that result in the appearance of purplish spots or patches.peliosis
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