One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath, typically caused by bruising.
stain, mark, patch, soiling, streak, spot, blotch, tarnishingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Skin hemorrhages in the form of petechiae, ecchymoses, hematomas, and purpura will quickly become apparent.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek ekkhumōsis ‘escape of blood’, from ekkhumonathai ‘force out blood’.
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