Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Abnormally swollen or knotted: varicose veins.
  • adj. Relating to or causing unusual swelling.
  • adj. Resembling a varix on the surface of a shell.

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  • adj. abnormally swollen, dilated or knotty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Irregularly swollen or enlarged; affected with, or containing, varices, or varicosities; of or pertaining to varices, or varicosities.
  • adj. Intended for the treatment of varicose veins; -- said of elastic stockings, bandages, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or relating to varix: affected with varix.
  • Designed for the cure or relief of varicose veins: applied to elastic fabrics made into stockings, bandages, etc., used for this purpose.
  • In zoöl, rominent and tortuous, as formations upon a shell; resembling or having varices; varicated

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  • adj. abnormally swollen or knotty

Etymologies

Latin varicōsus, from varix, varic-, swollen vein.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • As to the _legs_, the so-called varicose veins are indications of weak blood-vessels and intestinal hemorrhage, while inflamed nerves lead to the conclusion of gouty diathesis and the danger of paralytic strokes.

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  • There is also a verb 'to varicose', with the inflections 'varicoses', 'varicosing' and 'varicosed'. It refers to the process by which healthy veins become 'varicose' veins.

    June 8, 2012