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[pur-pyoo r-uh] /ˈpɜr pyʊər ə/
noun, Pathology.
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
Related forms
[pur-pyoo r-ik] /pɜrˈpyʊər ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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(pathol) any of several blood diseases causing purplish spots or patches on the skin due to subcutaneous bleeding
Derived Forms
purpuric, adjective
Word Origin
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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purpura in Medicine

purpura pur·pu·ra (pûr'pə-rə, -pyə-)
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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