Definition of ecchymosis in English:



  • A discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath, typically caused by bruising.

    ‘there are signs of ecchymosis’
    [count noun] ‘the infrequent association of bacterial sepsis with ecchymoses’
    • ‘The skin and mucous membranes should be inspected for cyanosis, pallor, ecchymoses, telangiectasia, gingivitis, or evidence of bleeding from the oral or nasal mucosa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These changes may result in granulation, fissures, ecchymoses, telangiectases and ulcerations.’
    • ‘The skull is a frequent site of bone metastases, which commonly present as proptosis and periorbital ecchymoses.’
    • ‘Skin hemorrhages in the form of petechiae, ecchymoses, hematomas, and purpura will quickly become apparent.’
    stain, mark, patch, soiling, streak, spot, blotch, tarnishing
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Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek ekkhumōsis escape of blood, from ekkhumonathai force out blood.