Definition of variceal in English:

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variceal

Pronunciation: /ˌverəˈsēəl/

adjective

Zoology & Medicine
Relating to or involving a varix.
Example sentences
  • The diagnosis of cirrhosis was established by biopsy or by signs of portal hypertension such as gastroesophageal varices, previous variceal bleeding, or ascites.
  • Patients with cirrhosis were screened by endoscopy for esophageal varices, and those with more than minimal variceal lesions were asked to enroll in the study.
  • Recently, the American College of Gastroenterology recommended endoscopic screening to detect varices in patients with cirrhosis and no previous variceal hemorrhage.

Origin

1960s: from Latin varix, varic-, on the pattern of words such as corneal and laryngeal.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: var·i·ce·al

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