Definitions for ecchymosisˌɛk əˈmoʊ sɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ec•chy•mo•sis*ˌɛk əˈmoʊ sɪs(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. a discoloration of the skin due to extravasation of blood, as in a bruise.

    Category: Pathology

* (-sēz)..

Origin of ecchymosis:

1535–45; < NL < Gk ekchýmōsis=ekchȳmō-, var. s. of ekchȳmoûsthai to become extravasated (ek- ec - +-chȳmoûsthai, v. der. of chȳmós juice, humor) +-sis -sis

ec`chy•mot′ic-ˈmɒt ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ecchymosis(noun)

    the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise

  2. ecchymosis(noun)

    the escape of blood from ruptured blood vessels into the surrounding tissue to form a purple or black-and-blue spot on the skin


  1. ecchymosis(Noun)

    A skin discoloration caused by bleeding underneath the skin; a bruise.

  2. ecchymosis(Noun)

    The leaking of blood into the tissues of the body as a result of a bruise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ecchymosis(noun)

    a livid or black and blue spot, produced by the extravasation or effusion of blood into the areolar tissue from a contusion


  1. Ecchymosis

    An ecchymosis is the medical term for a subcutaneous purpura larger than 1 centimeter or a hematoma, commonly, but erroneously, called a bruise. That is, bruises are caused by trauma whereas ecchymoses, a type of purpura, are not caused by trauma. A broader definition of ecchymosis \e-ki-ˈmō-səs\ is as: the escape of blood into the tissues from ruptured blood vessels. The term also applies to the sub-cutaneous discoloration resulting from seepage of blood within the contused tissue.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. 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.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ecchymosis

    Extravasation of blood into the skin, resulting in a nonelevated, rounded or irregular, blue or purplish patch, larger than a petechia.


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