milk leg

  1. a painful swelling of the leg soon after childbirth, due to thrombosis of the large veins.

Origin of milk leg

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby milk leg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use milk leg in a sentence

  • She wouldn't believe me if I did—though why a fellow would make up a milk leg I don't know.

    More Tish | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "He's got a milk leg," I said, and set the coffee kettle off.

    More Tish | Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for milk leg

milk leg

  1. inflammation and thrombosis of the femoral vein following childbirth, characterized by painful swelling of the leg: Also called: white leg Technical name: phlegmasia alba dolens

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