milk leg

noun

Definition of milk leg

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

First Known Use of milk leg

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk%20leg. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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milk leg

noun

Medical Definition of milk leg

: postpartum thrombophlebitis of a femoral vein

called also phlegmasia alba dolens

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