noun, plural pe·te·chi·ae [pi-tee-kee-ee, -tek-ee-ee] /pɪˈti kiˌi, -ˈtɛk iˌi/. Pathology.
British Dictionary definitions for petechia
noun plural -chiae (-kɪˌiː)
Word Origin for petechia
Word Origin and History for petechia
plural petechiae, "small crimson or purple spots on skin," c.1795 (from 1580s in English texts as an Italian word), Modern Latin, from Italian petecchia "specks or freckles on the face," in plural form petecchie "measles," of unknown origin. Related: Petechial.