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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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In the differential diagnosis of recurrent ecchymoses and bleedings, this condition should also be considered and the patients should be examined carefully in terms of association of hematological and other diseases.
The primary clinical feature of psychogenic purpura reported in the literature is recurring ecchymoses.
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These purplish discolorations may range from tiny dots known as petechiae to larger patches known as purpuras to even larger ones known as ecchymoses.
It is characterized by development of painful edematous skin lesions that progress to ecchymoses during the following 24 h (5).
The characteristic cutaneous findings of scurvy are follicular keratotic papules and perifollicular hemorrhages, purpura, and ecchymoses.
The most common adverse events observed during the double-blind, placebo-controlled portions of three clinical trials in patients with psoriasis were infections, injection-site reactions, headaches, and injection-site ecchymoses.
Physical examination disclosed mild icteric sclera and multiple ecchymoses on the extremities.
The cutaneous damage from radiation injury may manifest as ecchymoses, petechiae, bullae, epidermal sloughing, ulceration, hair loss, hyperkeratosis, and stochastic radiation reactions with long-term carcinogenesis.
One patient presented with petechiae, one with simple ecchymoses, and one with noninflammatory retiform purpura.