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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Many of these patients had edema, purpura, or ecchymosis.’
- ‘As described in the literature, the patient had a preceding upper respiratory infection, followed several days later by headache, myalgias, purpura, and fever.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1with modifier Any of several diseases characterized by a purple rash.‘psychogenic purpura’
- ‘She was diagnosed with a thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura like syndrome and was treated with daily plasma exchange and steroids.’
- ‘In 1988, she presented with idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura and anemia.’
- ‘She developed purpura fulminans and compartment syndrome in her limbs, requiring fasciotomies.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Prone positioning did not worsen pre-existing skin injury (graft-vs-host disease and purpura fulminans).’
Mid 18th century: from Latin, from Greek porphura ‘purple’.
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