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[var-i-kohs] /ˈvær ɪˌkoʊs/
abnormally or unusually enlarged or swollen:
a varicose vein.
pertaining to or affected with varices, which often affect the superficial portions of the lower limbs.
Origin of varicose
1720-30; < Latin varicōsus suffering from varicose veins. See varix, -ose1 Unabridged
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  • Heart and lung diseases also predispose to the formation of varicose veins.

  • There is nothing left; the varicose enlargement, the ulcers, have all disappeared.

  • Hæmorrhage may take place from a varicose vein as a result of a wound or of ulceration of its wall.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • varicose: Having prominent and tortuous formations on the shell.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The tendency to nodes, varices, spires, and varicose processes in general is a prominent feature of the family.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • But the surgeon said I was not fit for the army, for I had indications of varicose veins.

    Taken by the Enemy Oliver Optic
  • Dressmakers are peculiarly subject to the attacks of consumption; workwomen constantly suffer from varicose veins.

    The Night Side of London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • It may come from miliary aneurisms of the gastric arteries or from varicose veins in the wall of the stomach.

  • It sees you a sullen and varicose mistress, whose draperies hang heavy and ludicrous from a pudgy form.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
British Dictionary definitions for varicose


of or resulting from varicose veins: a varicose ulcer
Word Origin
C18: from Latin varicōsus, from varix
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Word Origin and History for varicose

1730, from Latin varicosus "full of dilated veins," from varix (genitive varicis) "dilated vein," probably related to varus "blotch, pimple" (see vary).

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varicose in Medicine

varicose var·i·cose (vār'ĭ-kōs')
Relating to, affected with, or characterized by varices or varicosis.

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