from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A condition characterized by hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes that result in the appearance of purplish spots or patches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The appearance of red or purple discolorations on the skin that do not blanch when pressure is applied, caused by subdermal bleeding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A disease characterized by livid spots on the skin from extravasated blood, with loss of muscular strength, pain in the limbs, and mental dejection; the purples.
  • n. A genus of marine gastropods, usually having a rough and thick shell. Some species yield a purple dye.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, an eruption of small purple spots and patches, caused by extravasation of blood in the skin; the purples.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of gastropods, typical of the family Purpuridæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several blood diseases causing subcutaneous bleeding


Latin, purple; see purple.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin purpura (Wiktionary)



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