[ pi-tee-kee-uh, -tek-ee-uh ]
/ pɪˈti ki ə, -ˈtɛk i ə /
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noun, plural pe·te·chi·ae [pi-tee-kee-ee, -tek-ee-ee]. /pɪˈti kiˌi, -ˈtɛk iˌi/. Pathology.
a minute, round, nonraised hemorrhage in the skin or in a mucous or serous membrane.
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British Dictionary definitions for petechia
/ (pɪˈtiːkɪə) /
noun plural -chiae (-kɪˌiː)
a minute discoloured spot on the surface of the skin or mucous membrane, caused by an underlying ruptured blood vessel
Derived forms of petechiapetechial, adjective
Word Origin for petechia
C18: via New Latin from Italian petecchia freckle, of obscure origin
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Medical definitions for petechia
[ pə-tē′kē-ə ]
n. pl. pe•te•chi•ae (-kē-ī′)
A small purplish spot on a body surface, such as the skin or a mucous membrane, caused by a minute hemorrhage and often seen in typhus.
Other words from petechiape•te′chi•al adj.
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