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  • adj. characterised by, pertaining to, or resembling petechiae (small, nonraised haemorrhages on the skin)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by, or pertaining to, petechiæ; spotted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of petechiæ; characterized by or accompanied with petechiæ or livid spots: as, a petechial eruption or fever.
  • Epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis.


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From the New Latin petechialis, from petechia, from the Italian petecchia.



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  • "'One of the most striking of the complications was hemorrhage from mucous membranes, especially from the nose, stomach, and intestine. Bleeding from the ears and petechial hemorrhages in the skin also occurred.'"

    —physician's report, quoted in John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 237

    February 16, 2009

  • This word is my fondest (only?) memory of CSI!

    'Petechial hemorrhaging' is one of the world's most enjoyable phrases.

    September 1, 2008

  • Am I the only one who learned this word from CSI?

    December 12, 2006