petechia

[ pi-tee-kee-uh, -tek-ee-uh ]

noun,plural pe·te·chi·ae [pi-tee-kee-ee, -tek-ee-ee]. /pɪˈti kiˌi, -ˈtɛk iˌi/. Pathology.
  1. a minute, round, nonraised hemorrhage in the skin or in a mucous or serous membrane.

Origin of petechia

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1575–85; <New Latin <Italian petecchia (in plural) rash, spots on skin <Vulgar Latin *(im)petīcula, equivalent to Latin impetīc-, stem of impetīx, variant of impetīgōimpetigo + -ula-ule

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British Dictionary definitions for petechia

petechia

/ (pɪˈtiːkɪə) /


nounplural -chiae (-kɪˌiː)
  1. a minute discoloured spot on the surface of the skin or mucous membrane, caused by an underlying ruptured blood vessel

Origin of petechia

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C18: via New Latin from Italian petecchia freckle, of obscure origin

Derived forms of petechia

  • petechial, adjective

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