- a minute, round, nonraised hemorrhage in the skin or in a mucous or serous membrane.
Origin of petechia
Examples from the Web for petechiae
Sometimes the parotid and submaxillary glands were inflamed; petechiae were absent.
Petechiae almost black came out, having an outer circle with an inner dark speck; sometimes there were the larger vibices.
The earlier these petechiae appear, the fresher in colour, and the longer they continue out, the better (p. 5).
In some few there were spots on the skin, but hardly ever petechiae or tumours near the ears.
For, if perhaps you should except the Petechiae, they differ rather in degree than in kind.
- a minute discoloured spot on the surface of the skin or mucous membrane, caused by an underlying ruptured blood vessel
Word Origin and History for petechiae
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.
- 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.