[ vair-uh-seez ]
/ ˈvɛər əˌsiz /


plural of varix.

Definition for varices (2 of 2)


[ vair-iks ]
/ ˈvɛər ɪks /

noun, plural var·i·ces [vair-uh-seez] /ˈvɛər əˌsiz/.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for varices (1 of 2)


/ (ˈværɪˌsiːz) /


the plural of varix

British Dictionary definitions for varices (2 of 2)


/ (ˈvɛərɪks) /

noun plural varices (ˈværɪˌsiːz)

  1. a tortuous dilated veinSee varicose veins
  2. Also called: arterial varix, varix lymphaticus a similar condition affecting an artery or lymphatic vessel

Word Origin for varix

C15: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for varices



plural of varix (c.1400), from PIE root *wer- "a raised area."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for varices


[ vărĭks ]

n. pl. var•i•ces (-ĭ-sēz′)

An abnormally dilated or swollen vein, artery, or lymph vessel.
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