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.

1720–30; < Latin varicōsus suffering from varicose veins. See varix, -ose1 Unabridged
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varicose (ˈværɪˌkəʊs)
of or resulting from varicose veins: a varicose ulcer
[C18: from Latin varicōsus, from varix]

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Word Origin & History

1730, from L. varicosus "full of dilated veins," from varix (gen. varicis) "dilated vein," probably related to varus "blotch, pimple" (see vary).
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varicose var·i·cose (vār'ĭ-kōs')
Relating to, affected with, or characterized by varices or varicosis.

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Example sentences
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.
Information on skin cancer, advocacy groups, and online brochures about skin conditions ranging from acne to varicose veins.
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