One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
stain, mark, patch, soiling, streak, spot, blotch, tarnishingView synonyms
- ‘The skin and mucous membranes should be inspected for cyanosis, pallor, ecchymoses, telangiectasia, gingivitis, or evidence of bleeding from the oral or nasal mucosa.’
- ‘The skull is a frequent site of bone metastases, which commonly present as proptosis and periorbital ecchymoses.’
- ‘These changes may result in granulation, fissures, ecchymoses, telangiectases and ulcerations.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Skin hemorrhages in the form of petechiae, ecchymoses, hematomas, and purpura will quickly become apparent.’
Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek ekkhumōsis ‘escape of blood’, from ekkhumonathai ‘force out blood’.
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