Petechia meaning

pə-tē'kē-ə
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.
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A small hemorrhagic spot in the skin, mucous membrane, etc.
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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.
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A small spot, especially on an organ, caused by bleeding underneath the skin.
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Origin of petechia

  • New Latin from Italian petecchie pl. of petecchia spot on skin perhaps from Vulgar Latin petīcula short for impetīcula diminutive of Latin impetīx impetīc- variant of impetīgō impetigo
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Modern Latin, from Italian petecchie "˜skin eruptions', from a popular Latin diminutive of Latin petigo "˜scab, eruption', itself from impetÄ«go.
    From Wiktionary