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  • n. Plural form of petechia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Small crimson, purple, or livid spots, like flea-bites, due to extravasation of blood, which appear on the skin in malignant fevers, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Purple spots on the skin, not disappearing on pressure, caused by hemorrhage into the cutaneous tissues.


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  • The way, I guess, that they scale the condition of the patient is through the amount of petechiae, which is blood vessels that have been broken in the eyes, under the eyes, on the eyelid.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2005

  • She said she suffered several beatings and once almost died of strangulation when Allen put his hands on her throat and squeezed until the capillaries in her eyes burst, peppering the whites with the tiny dots of blood called petechiae.

    Every Breath You Take

  • Symptoms include; a fever with muscle and joint pains, and a hemorrhagic rash of characteristically bright red pinpoint spots, known as petechiae can occur later during the illness and is associated with thrombocytopenia. - Articles related to Florida seen at risk from Caribbean dengue epidemic

  • Paler skin and development of spots under the skin due to bleeding (known as petechiae or ecchymoses)


  • We examined patients 'petechiae, purpura, ecchymoses and more, and discussed the differences among those findings and what those might signify.

    Dr. Elaine Schattner: The Physical Exam Provides More Than Emotional Value

  • That particular combination—fever, petechiae, adrenal hemorrhage, septic shock—had been in medical textbooks for almost one hundred years.


  • His skin darkened with petechiae, pinpoint hemorrhages that showed his blood was clotting abnormally as he sank into shock.


  • There had been no visible marks on the body; no lividity; no petechiae on face or forehead; no sign of disturbance in her room; nothing unusual except an unlatched window.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • But what really gives it away is the bleeding to the brain, and there is a clear brain damage pattern where the brain goes back and forth in the head, as the baby is shaken, and you can see the bruising, hemorrhaging on either side of the brain where it hits against the skull, and also the hemorrhaged petechiae in the eyes.

    CNN Transcript Sep 5, 2007

  • Our sources are telling us that one of the girls had hemorrhage petechiae in the eye and bruises about the neck.

    CNN Transcript Oct 3, 2007


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  • "'I've never seen anything so red in my life.' Not raised; I couldn't feel the individual spots, though I could see them at close range. Not a rash as such; I thought it must be petechiae, pinpoint hemorrhages under the skin. But so many of them...."

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 1151

    January 29, 2010