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purpura

[ pur-pyoor-uh ]
/ ˈpɜr pyʊər ə /
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noun Pathology.

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

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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

purpura
/ (ˈpɜːpjʊrə) /

noun

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

Derived forms of purpura

purpuric, adjective

Word Origin for purpura

C18: via Latin from Greek porphura a shellfish yielding purple dye
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Medical definitions for purpura

purpura
[ pûrpə-rə, -pyə- ]

n.

A condition characterized by hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes that result in the appearance of purplish spots or patches.peliosis
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