[ var-i-kohs ]
/ ˈvær ɪˌkoʊs /


abnormally or unusually enlarged or swollen: a varicose vein.
pertaining to or affected with varices, which often affect the superficial portions of the lower limbs.

Origin of varicose

First recorded in 1720–30, varicose is from the Latin word varicōsus suffering from varicose veins. See varix, -ose1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for varicose

/ (ˈværɪˌkəʊs) /


of or resulting from varicose veinsa varicose ulcer

Word Origin for varicose

C18: from Latin varicōsus, from varix
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Medical definitions for varicose

[ vărĭ-kōs′ ]


Relating to, affected with, or characterized by varices or varicosis.
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