[ ek-uh-moh-sis ]
/ ˌɛk əˈmoʊ sɪs /
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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.



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Origin of ecchymosis

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


ec·chy·mot·ic [ek-uh-mot-ik], /ˌɛk əˈmɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ecchymosis

/ (ˌɛkɪˈməʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

discoloration of the skin through bruising

Derived forms of ecchymosis

ecchymosed (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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Medical definitions for ecchymosis

[ ĕk′ĭ-mōsĭs ]

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.

Other words from ecchymosis

ec′chy•motic (-mŏtĭk) adj.
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