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[vair-iks] /ˈvɛər ɪks/
noun, plural varices
[vair-uh-seez] /ˈvɛər əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
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noun (pl) varices (ˈværɪˌsiːz)
  1. a tortuous dilated vein See varicose veins
  2. Also called arterial varix, varix lymphaticus. a similar condition affecting an artery or lymphatic vessel
Word Origin
C15: from Latin
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varix in Medicine

varix var·ix (vār'ĭks)
n. pl. var·i·ces (-ĭ-sēz')
An abnormally dilated or swollen vein, artery, or lymph vessel.

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