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ecchymosis Syllabification: ec·chy·mo·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌekəˈmōsəs/

Definition of ecchymosis in English:

noun (plural ecchymosesˌekəˈmōˌsēz)

A discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath, typically caused by bruising.
Example sentences
  • The skin and mucous membranes should be inspected for cyanosis, pallor, ecchymoses, telangiectasia, gingivitis, or evidence of bleeding from the oral or nasal mucosa.
  • Skin hemorrhages in the form of petechiae, ecchymoses, hematomas, and purpura will quickly become apparent.
  • Blanching macules or papules on the extremities (especially palms and soles) appear two to three days later, which may then progress to palpable purpura or necrotic ecchymoses.


Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek ekkhumōsis 'escape of blood', from ekkhumonathai 'force out blood'.

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