Definition of purpura in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːpjʊrə


[mass noun] Medicine
  • 1A rash of purple spots on the skin caused by internal bleeding from small blood vessels.
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    • 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: /-ˈpjʊərɪk/
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  • 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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