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From the New Latin petechialis, from petechia, from the Italian petecchia.


petechial (comparative more petechial, superlative most petechial)

  1. (medicine) characterised by, pertaining to, or resembling petechiae (small, nonraised haemorrhages on the skin)
    • 1750, John Huxham, An Essay on Fevers:
      Chap. VIII. Of putrid, malignant, petechial Fevers.
    • 2001, M. W. Service (editor), Encyclopedia of Arthropod-transmitted Infections:
      Petechial haemorrhages may appear in the conjunctivae and ecchymotic haemorrhages on the ventral surface of the tongue.