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petechia Syllabification: pe·te·chi·a
Pronunciation: /pəˈtēkēə/

Definition of petechia in English:

noun (plural petechiae-kēˌē)

A small red or purple spot caused by bleeding into the skin.
Example sentences
  • Bruising, petechiae, epistaxis, bleeding gums, excessive menses, retinal hemorrhages, intestinal bleeding, and rarely cerebral hemorrhage may occur as manifestations of the thrombocytopenia.
  • On day + 5, the patient developed fever, pneumonia, upper and lower respiratory and upper gastrointestinal bleeding, and diffuse skin petechiae.
  • The external autopsy examination revealed anasarca with ascites, jaundice, diffuse petechiae and purpura, and a presacral decubitus ulcer.


Example sentences
  • In the third of these 3 patients, an adult who died with a petechial rash and underlying diabetes, clostridial meningitis was diagnosed.
  • Rashes can be categorized as maculopapular (centrally and peripherally distributed), petechial, diffusely erythematous with desquamation, vesiculobullous-pustular and nodular.
  • Severe respiratory illness, petechial hemorrhages of the skin and bowel, anemia, and leukopenia justified the name ‘alimentary toxic aleukia.’


Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Italian petecchia, denoting a freckle or spot on the face, from Latin petigo 'scab, eruption'.

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