varicose vein n.
An abnormally dilated or swollen vein.
varicose veins The condition of having abnormally dilated or swollen veins, especially in the legs.
Hæmorrhage may take place from a varicose vein as a result of a wound or of ulceration of its wall.
But my mother identified the legs past mistake, by a mole on the left calf and a varicose vein on the right.
Local applications of styptics failed, of course, because the varicose vein itself had nearly the diameter of the little finger.
For the rupture of a varicose vein, position may be one of the most important auxiliaries to prevent serious hemorrhage.