Definition of purpura haemorrhagica in English:

purpura haemorrhagica


  • 1Medicine. Any relatively severe form of purpura, especially when accompanied by haemorrhage into other organs; (in later use) specifically idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Now rare.

  • 2Veterinary Medicine. A potentially fatal disorder of horses characterized by purpura of the mucous membranes, oedema of the limbs, fever, and tachycardia, which results from an immune-mediated vasculitis, often as a complication of Streptococcus equi infection (strangles).


Early 19th century. From scientific Latin purpura haemorrhagica from post-classical Latin purpura + haemorrhagica, feminine of haemorrhagicus.


purpura haemorrhagica

/ˈpəːpjʊrə ˌhɛməˈradʒɪkə/