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[pur-pyoo r-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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
Related formspur·pu·ric [pur-pyoo r-ik] /pɜrˈpyʊər ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for purpura

Historical Examples

  • Like the Purpura and the Pterocera, the bryony and other shells and plants.

    The Evolution of the Dragon

    G. Elliot Smith

  • The purpura, as mentioned in Pliny, was an amethyst or violet color.

  • It is probable that the men were suffering from starvation, purpura and dysentery.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • (d) In purpura hmorrhagica the number is enormously diminished.

  • These are remedies which are useful in the counteraction of Scurvy and Purpura.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

British Dictionary definitions for purpura


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

Word Origin

C18: via Latin from Greek porphura a shellfish yielding purple dye
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Word Origin and History for purpura


disease characterized by purple patches on the skin, 1753, from Modern Latin, from Latin purpura "purple dye" (see purple (n.)). Related: Purpuric.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

purpura in Medicine


(pûrpə-rə, -pyə-)
  1. 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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