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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