varix

varix

[vair-iks]
noun, plural varices [vair-uh-seez] .
1.
Also called varicosity. Pathology. a permanent abnormal dilation and lengthening of a vein, usually accompanied by some tortuosity; a varicose vein.
2.
Zoology. a ridgelike mark or scar on the surface of a shell at a former position of the lip of the aperture.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: varicose vein

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varix (ˈvɛərɪks)
 
n , pl varices
pathol
 a.  See varicose veins a tortuous dilated vein
 b.  arterial varix, Also called: varix lymphaticus a similar condition affecting an artery or lymphatic vessel
 
[C15: from Latin]

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varix var·ix (vār'ĭks)
n. pl. var·i·ces (-ĭ-sēz')
An abnormally dilated or swollen vein, artery, or lymph vessel.

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