Origin of varicocele

First recorded in 1730–40; varico- + -cele1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for varicocele


  1. pathol an abnormal distension of the veins of the spermatic cord in the scrotum
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Word Origin and History for varicocele

1736, Modern Latin, from Latin varic-, comb. form of varix (see varices) + Greek kele "tumor."

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varicocele in Medicine


  1. A varicose condition of veins of the spermatic cord or the ovaries, forming a soft tumor.
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