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milk leg

noun, Pathology.
a painful swelling of the leg soon after childbirth, due to thrombosis of the large veins.
Origin of milk leg
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "He's got a milk leg," I said, and set the coffee kettle off.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She wouldn't believe me if I did—though why a fellow would make up a milk leg I don't know.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for milk leg

milk leg

inflammation and thrombosis of the femoral vein following childbirth, characterized by painful swelling of the leg Also called white leg Technical name phlegmasia alba dolens
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milk leg in Medicine

milk leg n.
A painful swelling of the leg occurring in women after childbirth as a result of clotting and inflammation of the femoral veins. Also called phlegmasia alba dolens.

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