milk leg

noun

: a painful swelling of the leg caused by inflammation and clotting in the veins and affecting some postpartum women

Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of milk leg was in 1830

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“Milk leg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk%20leg. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

milk leg

noun
: postpartum thrombophlebitis of a femoral vein

called also phlegmasia alba dolens

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