- 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 purpuric
An eruption of purpuric spots ensued, and she died comatose.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
Injuries that may be of no consequence to healthy persons may excite in the purpuric profuse hemorrhage, free or interstitial.
The purpuric effusion appears to act as an irritant upon the tissues, and to excite inflammation.
Purpura is not hereditary, nor is there a purpuric diathesis in the strict sense of the term.
In a few days purpuric extravasations appeared on his legs, and a dysentery enfeebled him to an extent far from safe.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
- 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 purpuric
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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- Relating to or affected with purpura.
- 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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