abnormally swollen, dilated or knotty

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  • Varicose — Var i*cose (?; 277), a. [L. varicosus, from varix, icis, a dilated vein; cf. varus bent, stretched, crooked.] [1913 Webster] 1. Irregularly swollen or enlarged; affected with, or containing, varices, or varicosities; of or pertaining to varices,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • varicose — [var′ə kōs΄] adj. [L varicosus < varix (gen. varicis), VARIX] 1. abnormally and irregularly swollen or dilated [varicose veins] 2. resulting from varicose veins [varicose ulcer] …   English World dictionary

  • varicose — 1730, from L. varicosus full of dilated veins, from varix (gen. varicis) dilated vein, probably related to varus blotch, pimple (see VARY (Cf. vary)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • varicose — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a vein, especially in the leg) swollen, twisted, and lengthened, as a result of poor circulation. ORIGIN Latin varicosus …   English terms dictionary

  • varicose — also varicosed adjective Etymology: Latin varicosus full of dilated veins, from varic , varix dilated vein Date: circa 1730 1. abnormally swollen or dilated < varicose veins > 2. affected with varicose veins < varicose legs > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • varicose — Relating to, affected with, or characterized by varices or varicosis. * * * var·i·cose var ə .kōs also var·i·cosed .kōst adj 1) abnormally swollen or dilated <varicose lymph vessels> 2) affected with varicose veins <a patient with… …   Medical dictionary

  • varicose — /var i kohs /, adj. 1. abnormally or unusually enlarged or swollen: a varicose vein. 2. pertaining to or affected with varices, which often affect the superficial portions of the lower limbs. [1720 30; < L varicosus suffering from varicose veins …   Universalium

  • varicose — var·i·cose || værɪkəʊs adj. swollen, enlarged; having varicose veins; pertaining to the treatment of varicose veins …   English contemporary dictionary

  • varicose —   a. swollen, especially in irregular lumps and twists.    ♦ varicotomy, n. incision into varicose vein.    ♦ varicosis, n. state of being varicose.    ♦ varicosity, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • varicose — adj. Varicose is used with these nouns: ↑vein …   Collocations dictionary

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