Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small purplish spot on a body surface, such as the skin or a mucous membrane, caused by a minute hemorrhage and often seen in typhus.

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  • n. a small spot, especially on an organ, caused by bleeding underneath the skin

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  • n. a minute red or purple spot on the surface of the skin as the result of tiny hemorrhages of blood vessels in the skin (as in typhoid fever)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, from Italian petecchie, pl. of petecchia, spot on skin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *petīcula, short for *impetīcula, diminutive of Latin impetīx, impetīc-, variant of impetīgō; see impetigo.

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Modern Latin, from Italian petecchie ‘skin eruptions’, from a popular Latin diminutive of Latin petigo ‘scab, eruption’, itself from impetīgo.

Examples

  • The test is positive if there are more than 20 petechiae per square inch (a petechia is a small red or purple spot on the body, caused by a minor hemorrhage).

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  • Spooky spotted a Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia), which was a new one for both of us.

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  • Two endemic species of passeriforms on the island are Mimus magnirostris (nightingale) and Vireo caribaeus, and other subspecies are Icterus leucopteryx lawrencii, Vireo altiloquus canescens, Coereba flaveola oblita and Dendroica petechia flavida.

    Cayos Miskitos-San Andrés and Providencia moist forests

  • Yet, some of these species have also been reported in other habitats; for instance, P. cancrivorus is common in savanna forests, far from mangrove stands, and D. petechia can be found in grasslands and rain forests.

    Coastal Venezuelan mangroves

  • Exclusive to the area are the bare-throated tiger-heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum) and the continental subspecies of the yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia).

    Magdalena-Santa Marta mangroves

  • Among the endemic birds associated with mangroves are the Cuban Green Woodpecker Xiphidiopicus percussus, the Jamaican tody Todus todus, and endemic subspecies of the mangrove warbler Dendroica petechia gundlachi, and the clapper rail Rallus longirostris caribaeus.

    Greater Antilles mangroves

  • There were no petechia from increased venous pressure.

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  • Other bird species associated with mangroves include spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularia), roseate spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja), green heron (Butorides virescens), belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), mangrove cuckoo (Coccyzus minor), mangrove warbler (Dendroica petechia), and reddish egret (E. rufescens).

    Bahamian mangroves

  • Typical species are considered the yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia), the bicolored conebill (Conirostrum bicolor), the clapper rail (Rallus longirostris), the great-tailed grackle (Cassidix mexicanus), the spotted tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum maculatum), the rufous crab-hawk (Buteogallus aequinoctialis), the crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus), the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) and the arboreal snake (Corallus hortulanus).

    Coastal Venezuelan mangroves

  • Birds more specific to mangrove communities include black-bellied whistling duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), mangrove warbler (Dendroica petechia), great egret (Egretta albus), snowy egret (Egretta thula), jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), wood stork (Mycteria americana), yellow-crowned night heron (Nycticorax violaceus), and Neotropic cormorant (Phalacrorax olivaceus) just to name a few.

    Northern Honduras mangroves

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