A purplish patch caused by extravasation of blood into the skin, differing from petechiae only in size (larger than 3 mm diameter). [G. ekchymosis, e., fr. ek, out, + chymos, juice]
- bilateral medial orbital ecchymoses SYN: raccoon eyes, under eye.
- Tardieu ecchymoses subpleural and subpericardial petechiae or ecchymoses (or both), as observed in the tissues of persons who have been strangled, or otherwise asphyxiated. SYN: Tardieu petechiae, Tardieu spots.

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ec·chy·mo·sis .ek-ə-'mō-səs n, pl -mo·ses -.sēz the escape of blood into the tissues from ruptured blood vessels marked by a livid black-and-blue or purple spot or area also the discoloration so caused
ec·chy·mot·ic -'mät-ik adj

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a bruise: an initially bluish-black mark on the skin, resulting from the release of blood into the tissues either through injury or through the spontaneous leaking of blood from the vessels (as in some blood diseases).

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ec·chy·mo·sis (ek″ĭ-moґsis) pl. ecchymoґses [Gr. ekchymōsis] a small hemorrhagic spot, larger than a petechia, in the skin or mucous membrane forming a nonelevated, rounded or irregular, blue or purplish patch. ecchymotic adj

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  • ecchymosis — ecchymotic /ek euh mot ik/, adj. /ek euh moh sis/, n., pl. ecchymoses / seez/. Pathol. a discoloration due to extravasation of blood, as in a bruise. [1535 45; < NL < Gk ekchýmosis extravasation, equiv. to ek EC + chym(ós) juice + osis OSIS] * *… …   Universalium

  • ECCHYMOSIS —    a discolouration of the skin produced by extravasated blood under or in the texture of the skin, the result of a blow or of disease …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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