- 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.
Origin of varicose
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Examples from the Web for varicose
Alas, in my modest experience over the past 40 years, chefs are like most men, but with varicose veins and impossible hours.The Secret Sex Lives of Chefs
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There is nothing left; the varicose enlargement, the ulcers, have all disappeared.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
My corns ache, I get gouty, and my prejudices swell like varicose veins.Old Fogy
The man with the varicose veins, however, was at once accepted.In the Foreign Legion
Varicose: Having prominent and tortuous formations on the shell.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
A vein of bad blood that tainted all, varicose, sluggish, intractable.Perlycross
R. D. Blackmore
- of or resulting from varicose veinsa varicose ulcer
C18: from Latin varicōsus, from varix
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Word Origin and History for varicose
1730, from Latin varicosus "full of dilated veins," from varix (genitive varicis) "dilated vein," probably related to varus "blotch, pimple" (see vary).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to, affected with, or characterized by varices or varicosis.
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