Crossword clues for petechia
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Petechiae \Pe*tech"i*[ae]\, n. pl.; sing. Petechia. [NL., fr. LL. peteccia; cf. F. p['e]t['e]chie, It. petecchia, Sp. petequia, Gr. ? a label, plaster.] (Med.) Small crimson, purple, or livid spots, like flea-bites, due to extravasation of blood, which appear on the skin in malignant fevers, etc.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.
n. A small spot, especially on an organ, caused by bleeding underneath the skin
n. a minute red or purple spot on the surface of the skin as the result of tiny hemorrhages of blood vessels in the skin (as in typhoid fever)
[also: petechiae (pl)]
The term is almost always used in the plural, since a single lesion is seldom noticed or significant.
Usage examples of "petechia".
The effects of scurvy were manifested on every hand, and in all its various stages, from the muddy, pale complexion, pale gums, feeble, languid muscular motions, lowness of spirits, and fetid breath, to the dusky, dirty, leaden complexion, swollen features, spongy, purple, livid, fungoid, bleeding gums, loose teeth, oedematous limbs, covered with livid vibices, and petechiae spasmodically flexed, painful and hardened extremities, spontaneous hemorrhages from mucous canals, and large, illconditioned, spreading ulcers covered with a dark purplish fungus growth.