noun, plural: petechiae
The most common cause is physical trauma, such as coughing, vomiting or crying that may lead to formation of petechiae in the face, especially around the eyes. In other cases, petechiae can be a sign of thrombocytopenia or clotting factor deficiencies.
Word origin: from Italian petecchie, pl. of petecchia, spot on skin, from Vulgar Latin petīcula