Definition of varix in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛːrɪks

noun (plural varices /ˈvarɪsiːz/)

  • 1 Medicine A varicose vein.
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    • Health results include varices (enlarged tortuous veins) at the lower end of the esophagus that can bleed severely.
    • When these vessels form in the distal esophagus and stomach, the usually small rudimentary left gastric vein dilates and varices develop.
    • Portal hypertension with bleeding varices is a serious complication of cirrhosis that can be treated surgically and with drug therapy.
  • 2 Zoology Each of the ridges on the shell of a gastropod mollusc, marking a former position of the aperture.
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    • The apertural face of the varix of Alamirifica lacks the external ribs and has growth lines suggesting that a flared outer lip has been filled by successive layers that narrow the aperture.
    • Laevistrombus, however, has a different shell form with a smooth rounded shoulder and varices on early whorls, characters not known for Austrombus.
    • Alamirifica corona differs considerably from Echinobathra by not having protruding, very thick varices nor tabulate whorls.


late Middle English: from Latin.

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