milk leg


: 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

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The first known use of milk leg was in 1830

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“Milk leg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

milk leg

: postpartum thrombophlebitis of a femoral vein

called also phlegmasia alba dolens

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