noun (plural ecchymoses /ˌekəˈmōˌsēz/)Medicine
A discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath, typically caused by bruising.
- 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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