- plural of varix.
- Also called varicosity. Pathology. a permanent abnormal dilation and lengthening of a vein, usually accompanied by some tortuosity; a varicose vein.
- Zoology. a ridgelike mark or scar on the surface of a shell at a former position of the lip of the aperture.
Origin of varix
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: varicose vein
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Examples from the Web for varices
In color it is reddish-brown to dark chestnut on the varices.
The varices on the exterior are not so prominent as in the Potamides (Fig. 13).Beautiful Shells of New Zealand
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Several cases have been reported of fatal hemorrhage from varices of the oesophagus.
The tendency to nodes, varices, spires, and varicose processes in general is a prominent feature of the family.
The color is ashen, with chestnut tips upon the nodes and varices, and chestnut-colored patches about the aperture.
- the plural of varix
- a tortuous dilated veinSee varicose veins
- Also called: arterial varix, varix lymphaticusa similar condition affecting an artery or lymphatic vessel
C15: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for varices
plural of varix (c.1400), from PIE root *wer- "a raised area."
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- An abnormally dilated or swollen vein, artery, or lymph vessel.
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