petechia

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A rash featuring petechiae

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From Late Latin, from Italian petecchie ‎(skin eruptions), from a popular Latin diminutive of petigo ‎(scab, eruption) (from impetīgo).

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petechia ‎(plural petechiae)

  1. A small spot, especially on an organ, caused by bleeding underneath the skin
    • 1973, Patrick O’Brian, HMS Surprise:
      It is scurvy. All my authorities agree – weakness, diffused muscular pain, petechia, tender gums, ill breath – and M’Alister has no doubt of it.

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