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varicose vein

varicose vein in Medicine

varicose vein n.

  1. An abnormally dilated or swollen vein.

  2. varicose veins The condition of having abnormally dilated or swollen veins, especially in the legs.

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  • But my mother identified the legs past mistake, by a mole on the left calf and a varicose vein on the right.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Hæmorrhage may take place from a varicose vein as a result of a wound or of ulceration of its wall.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • For the rupture of a varicose vein, position may be one of the most important auxiliaries to prevent serious hemorrhage.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Local applications of styptics failed, of course, because the varicose vein itself had nearly the diameter of the little finger.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh

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