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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.