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
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Historical Examples of varix
In the former a varix still exists, and at the end of seven months the pulse is still over 100.
I have grave doubts, however, whether the varix can often be permanently cured by this operation.
Up to the time of discovery of the varix no inconvenience had been felt, although the patient was of athletic habits.
A varix developed, but was only discovered by accident ten years later.
The operation most in favour consists in ligation of the artery above and below the varix, the vein remaining untouched.
British Dictionary definitions for varix
noun plural varices (ˈværɪˌsiːz)
- a tortuous dilated veinSee varicose veins
- Also called: arterial varix, varix lymphaticusa similar condition affecting an artery or lymphatic vessel
Word Origin for varix
C15: from Latin
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n. pl. var•i•ces (-ĭ-sēz′)
An abnormally dilated or swollen vein, artery, or lymph vessel.
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