Definition of varicocele in English:

Share this entry

varicocele

Pronunciation: /ˈverəkōˌsēl/

noun

Medicine
A mass of varicose veins in the spermatic cord.
Example sentences
  • Scrotal ultrasonography is helpful in confirming a varicocele or testicular tumour.
  • A varicocele causes swelling due to swollen veins within the scrotum.
  • Other benign conditions resulting in a scrotal mass, such as testicular torsion, spermatocele, varicocele, or tuberculosis, must be ruled out.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin varix, varic- 'dilated vein' + -cele.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.