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n. pl. pe·te·chi·ae (-kē-ī′)
A small purplish spot on a body surface, such as the skin or a mucous membrane, caused by a minute hemorrhage and often seen in typhus.

[New Latin, from Italian petecchie, pl. of petecchia, spot on skin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *petīcula, short for *impetīcula, diminutive of Latin impetīx, impetīc-, variant of impetīgō; see impetigo.]

pe·te′chi·al adj.
pe·te′chi·ate (-ĭt) adj.
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Pathological findings may include tracheal congestion with hemorrhage, cerebral and pulmonary edema, gastric erosions, and petechiae of the brain meninges and pericardium (Way, 1984).
Haemorrhagic manifestations, if present, may include petechiae, ecchymoses, bleeding from venepuncture sites and mucosal haemorrhages.
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From April 20 to May 10, 2010, multiple species of birds were seen at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Zoological Medicine Department for a disease syndrome characterized by acute lethargy, generalized subcutaneous petechiae, vasculitis, and death caused by a black fly identified as Simulium meridionale.
Macroglossia, petechiae, and ecchymosis in the periorbital area (raccoon eyes) and the perioral region (Figure 1) and over the trunk and extremities were present.
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