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varicocele Line breaks: vari¦co|cele
Pronunciation: /ˈvarɪkə(ʊ)ˌsiːl/

Definition of varicocele in English:


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.


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

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