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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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Examples from the web for varicose
  • It is generally flexuous, and constricted at intervals so as to present a varicose appearance.
  • For leg pain caused by varicose veins, elevate the leg and wear elastic bandages or support hose.
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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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