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Varicose \Var"i*cose`\ (?; 277), a. [L. varicosus, from varix, -icis, a dilated vein; cf. varus bent, stretched, crooked.]

  1. Irregularly swollen or enlarged; affected with, or containing, varices, or varicosities; of or pertaining to varices, or varicosities; as, a varicose nerve fiber; a varicose vein; varicose ulcers.

  2. (Med.) Intended for the treatment of varicose veins; -- said of elastic stockings, bandages. and the like.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin varicosus "with dilated veins," from varix (genitive varicis) "dilated vein," probably related to varus "bent outward, bow-legged" (see varus).


a. abnormally swollen, dilated or knotty


adj. abnormally swollen or knotty; "varicose veins"


Usage examples of "varicose".

On examination, we found a very varicose or enlarged condition of the left spermatic veins, and gave it as our opinion that the seminal loss was wholly due to this abnormal condition and could only be cured by an operation that would remove the varicocele.

He looked up from his current patientan Otolla Gungan observer from Naboo, who had had his buccal cavity severely varicosed by a sonic pistol blast the day before.

Years of alcohol abuse had caused him to develop esophageal varices, varicose veins in his throat, which had then ruptured.

But as the pedicab drew nearer and finally stopped, much to the relief of the middle-aged driver whose varicose veins were popping on his thin muscular legs, it became evident that it really was Rita.

In a moment, the militia began slowly to straighten, Ori braced himself, dropped with a cry when a ghost image of the wasp returned in air again momentarily varicose, and went, and came back once more, now nothing but a vespine insinuation, and was, finally, all gone.

She is a hoary pandemonium of ills, enlarged glands, mumps, quinsy, bunions, hayfever, bedsores, ringworm, floating kidney, Derbyshire neck, warts, bilious attacks, gallstones, cold feet, varicose veins.

Where the foothills gave way to pastureland, the varicosed lines formed by drystone walls were all that marked one field from another.

She wore a nursy no-nonsense watch and those shoes with two-inch crepe soles designed to offset fallen arches and varicose veins.

Rudolf, meet Saint Montague Hayward, chairman of the Royal Commission for Investigating the Incidence of Psittacosis among Dromedaries, and managing editor of The Blunt Instrument, canonized this very day for assassinating a reader who thought a blackleg was something to do with varicose veins.

Certain diseases plague women (thyroid & bladder disorders, anemias, spastic colon, varicose veins, migraines, gallstones, arthritis, asthma) but men have deadlier problems (heart disease, strokes, emphysema) and more visual-hearing defects.

And she'd have to shave her legs and put Clinique on her varicose veins.

She doesn't need to Clinique out her varicose veins, thought Georgie wearily.

He looked up from his current patientan Otolla Gungan observer from Naboo, who had had his buccal cavity severely varicosed by a sonic pistol blast the day before.

Sanguinaria root is chiefly used as an expectorant for chronic bronchitis and as a local application in chronic eczema, specially when secondary to varicose ulcers.

When I did the autopsy, I found that this Harmonica Man was an alcoholic with cirrhosis of the liver, and he had varicose veins in the esophagus.