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 [ek″ĭ-mo´sis] (pl. ecchymo´ses) (Gr.)
a hemorrhagic spot, larger than a petechia, in the skin or mucous membrane, forming a flat, rounded or irregular, blue or purplish patch. (See Atlas 2, Part R.) adj., adj ecchymot´ic.


[ek′imō′sis] pl. ecchymoses
Etymology: Gk, ek + chymos, juice
bluish discoloration of an area of skin or mucous membrane caused by the extravasation of blood into the subcutaneous tissues as a result of trauma to the underlying blood vessels or fragility of the vessel walls. Also called bruise. Compare contusion, petechiae.
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(ĕk-ĭ-mō′sĭs) plural.ecchymoses [″ + ″ + osis, condition]
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Superficial bleeding under the skin or a mucous membrane; a bruise. See: illustration
ecchymotic (-mŏt′ĭk), adjective

Ecchymosis (plural, ecchymoses)

The medical term for a bruise. Ecchymoses may develop around the eyes following a nasal fracture.
Mentioned in: Nasal Trauma
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Pediatric hematology consultation revealed that the patient was being followed up with a diagnosis of chronic ITP and therefore continious ecchymoses on the body was an expected condition.
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Her physical examination revealed petechiae and ecchymoses on her body and hemorrhagic bullae in the oral mucosa.
Minor excoriations were noted on the patient's ankles, but no noticeable lacerations, ecchymoses, or puncture wounds were found.
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This emerging pathogen causes signs and symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, vomiting, and thrombocytopenia; severe cases may have hemorrhagic manifestations (epistaxis, ecchymoses, petechiae, hematemesis) and encephalitis, which can result in death (reported case-fatality rate as high as 25%) (5-8).
Her physical examination showed diffuse petechiae and ecchymoses and diffuse lymphadenomegaly in the cervical, submandibular, axillary, and inguinal regions.