noun, plural ec·chy·mo·ses [ek-uh-moh-seez] /ˌɛk əˈmoʊ siz/. Pathology.

a discoloration due to extravasation of blood, as in a bruise.

Nearby words

  1. eccentrochondroplasia,
  2. ecchi,
  3. ecchondroma,
  4. ecchymoma,
  5. ecchymosed,
  6. ecchymotic mask,
  7. eccl.,
  8. eccles,
  9. eccles cake,
  10. eccles, sir john carew

Origin of ecchymosis

1535–45; < New Latin < Greek ekchýmōsis extravasation, equivalent to ek- ec- + chȳm(ós) juice + -ōsis -osis

Related formsec·chy·mot·ic [ek-uh-mot-ik] /ˌɛk əˈmɒt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ecchymosis


noun plural -ses (-siːz)

discoloration of the skin through bruising
Derived Formsecchymosed (ˈɛkɪˌməʊzd, -ˌməʊst) or ecchymotic (ˌɛkɪˈmɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ecchymosis

C16: from New Latin, from Greek ekkhumōsis, from ekkhumousthai to pour out, from khumos juice

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Medicine definitions for ecchymosis



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.
Related formsec′chy•motic (-mŏtĭk) adj.

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