Definition of purpura in English:

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purpura

Pronunciation: /ˈpərp(y)ərə/

noun

Medicine
1A rash of purple spots on the skin caused by internal bleeding from small blood vessels.
Example sentences
  • Inhibition of platelet adhesion and aggregation, prolonged bleeding time, purpura, postoperative wound hemorrhage
  • Many of these patients had edema, purpura, or ecchymosis.
  • Adverse effects of warfarin include haemorrhage, hypersensitivity and skin rashes, alopecia, and purpura.
1.1 [with adjective] Any of several diseases characterized by a purple rash: psychogenic purpura
More example sentences
  • She was diagnosed with a thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura like syndrome and was treated with daily plasma exchange and steroids.
  • Prone positioning did not worsen pre-existing skin injury (graft-vs-host disease and purpura fulminans).
  • In 1988, she presented with idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura and anemia.

Derivatives

purpuric

Pronunciation: /pərˈpyo͝orik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Gigantean (larger and fewer lesions), pustular, purpuric, or vesicular pityriasis rosea occurs in rare cases.
  • These lesions included papular, urticarial, purpuric, pustular, and eczematoid changes, such as papular urticaria.
  • Children with disseminated intravascular coagulopathy are generally quite ill and may present with extensive purpuric lesions and petechiae, as well as multifocal hemorrhage.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin, from Greek porphura 'purple'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pur·pu·ra

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