- plural of varix.
- 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.
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In color it is reddish-brown to dark chestnut on the varices.
The varices on the exterior are not so prominent as in the Potamides (Fig. 13).Beautiful Shells of New Zealand
E. G. B. Moss
Several cases have been reported of fatal hemorrhage from varices of the oesophagus.
The tendency to nodes, varices, spires, and varicose processes in general is a prominent feature of the family.
The color is ashen, with chestnut tips upon the nodes and varices, and chestnut-colored patches about the aperture.
- the plural of varix
- a tortuous dilated veinSee varicose veins
- Also called: arterial varix, varix lymphaticusa similar condition affecting an artery or lymphatic vessel
Word Origin for varix
Word Origin and History for varices
plural of varix (c.1400), from PIE root *wer- "a raised area."
- An abnormally dilated or swollen vein, artery, or lymph vessel.