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

  • n. Inflammation of a vein.

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  • n. Inflammation of a vein, usually in the legs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inflammation of a vein.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inflammation of a vein.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inflammation of a vein (usually in the legs)


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  • Vanity aside, varicose veins can also be very painful, especially if you spend a lot of time standing, and if left untreated, can lead to skin damage red and brown skin near the ankles, venous eczema, leg ulcers or even phlebitis, which is clotting in the vein.

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  • Patients with travel ailments such as phlebitis or varicose veins should refrain massage.


  • He asked about her phlebitis and her gall bladder, and whether her gout was acting up.

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  • I have phlebitis from my buttocks to my thigh it hurst a lot.

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  • She had a radical mastectomy, phlebitis of the arm and scoliosis...

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  • Because there is greater blood flow through the central veins than through the peripheral veins (i.e., in the arms, hands, legs and feet), chemotherapy can be administered through the central lines with less risk of causing chemical phlebitis (inflammation of a vein).

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  • After a routine operation on her leg for phlebitis, from which her doctors fully expected her to recover, she refused to walk or make any effort to get better, despite the danger of developing a blood clot.

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  • I was told she had a chest infection and phlebitis.

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  • He called a doctor he knew at Johns Hopkins, and asked him, “Is there such a thing as phlebitis on both legs?”


  • The doctor replied, “There is a migratory phlebitis which comes as a result of pancreatic cancer.”



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  • I originally spotted this one in my Compact Spanish Translation Dictionary ... coincidentally my actual dictionary lacks it.

    Is it in the Spanish dictionary because of a need for me to know it, is it a common characteristic to Spanish speaking people? One day you speak too many double L's as Y's and that vein on the leg just goes nuts?

    October 1, 2008