Definition of varicose in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvarɪkəʊs/
Pronunciation: /ˈvarɪkəs/ Pronunciation: /ˈvarɪkəʊz/


(Of a vein, especially in the leg) swollen, twisted, and lengthened, as a result of poor circulation.
Example sentences
  • Ulceration of the skin can occur on the legs as a complication of varicose veins, or of poor circulation due to arteriosclerosis.
  • These special stockings can also be helpful for those with circulation problems or varicose veins.
  • Surgical treatment is necessary to treat larger varicose vein clusters.



Example sentences
  • Both saphenous veins (great and small) are clinically important because of their propensity for becoming varicosed.
  • In any case, a dilated varicosed saphenous vein would not likely be a good candidate for a bypass graft.
  • During the varicose veins surgery process, the entire varicosed vein is removed from the body.


Pronunciation: /varɪˈkɒsɪti/
Example sentences
  • The instep is not usually where one finds a varicosity, but that was the source of her discomfort.
  • Second, prolonged presence of the varicosity can result in poor blood circulation to the area and eventual shrinkage and dysfunction of the testicle, thus making it unable to produce healthy sperm.


Late Middle English: from Latin varicosus, from varix (see varix).

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