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purpura Line breaks: pur|pura
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːpjʊrə/

Definition of purpura in English:


[mass 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 modifier] Any of a number of diseases characterized by such a rash: psychogenic purpura
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˌpəːˈpjʊərɪk/
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.


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

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