One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rash of purple spots on the skin caused by internal bleeding from small blood vessels.
spots, skin eruption, breakoutView synonyms
- ‘Many of these patients had edema, purpura, or ecchymosis.’
- ‘One or more of the following skin lesions were seen in 70% of all cases: purpura, macular or papular erythematous rash, urticaria, and subcutaneous nodules.’
- ‘Inhibition of platelet adhesion and aggregation, prolonged bleeding time, purpura, postoperative wound hemorrhage’
- ‘Adverse effects of warfarin include haemorrhage, hypersensitivity and skin rashes, alopecia, and purpura.’
- ‘As described in the literature, the patient had a preceding upper respiratory infection, followed several days later by headache, myalgias, purpura, and fever.’
- 1.1with modifier Any of a number of diseases characterized by such a rash.‘psychogenic purpura’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Another immune thrombocytopenia is posttransfusion purpura, where immune destruction of both transfused and recipient platelets is seen, usually beginning 5 to 12 days after transfusion.’
- ‘She developed purpura fulminans and compartment syndrome in her limbs, requiring fasciotomies.’
- ‘She was diagnosed with a thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura like syndrome and was treated with daily plasma exchange and steroids.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin, from Greek porphura ‘purple’.
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