[ pur-pyoor-uh ]

  1. a disease characterized by purple or brownish-red spots on the skin or mucous membranes, caused by the extravasation of blood.

Origin of purpura

1680–90; <New Latin, special use of Latin purpura.See purple

Other words from purpura

  • pur·pu·ric [pur-pyoor-ik], /pɜrˈpyʊər ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for purpura


/ (ˈpɜːpjʊrə) /

  1. pathol any of several blood diseases causing purplish spots or patches on the skin due to subcutaneous bleeding

Origin of purpura

C18: via Latin from Greek porphura a shellfish yielding purple dye

Derived forms of purpura

  • purpuric, adjective

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