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[var-i-kohs] /ˈvær ɪˌkoʊs/
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
First recorded in 1720-30, varicose is from the Latin word varicōsus suffering from varicose veins. See varix, -ose1 Unabridged
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  • There is nothing left; the varicose enlargement, the ulcers, have all disappeared.

  • My corns ache, I get gouty, and my prejudices swell like varicose veins.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • The man with the varicose veins, however, was at once accepted.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • 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
  • But the surgeon said I was not fit for the army, for I had indications of varicose veins.

    Taken by the Enemy Oliver Optic
  • It may come from miliary aneurisms of the gastric arteries or from varicose veins in the wall of the stomach.

  • She was a shop-assistant, but standing behind the counter gave her varicose veins; and she went to Dublin as nursery-governess.

    The Lake George Moore
  • The permanent unequal dilation of a vein or veins, which are then said to be varicose.

British Dictionary definitions for varicose


of or resulting from varicose veins: a varicose ulcer
Word Origin
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).

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varicose in Medicine

varicose var·i·cose (vār'ĭ-kōs')
Relating to, affected with, or characterized by varices or varicosis.

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