varicocele

noun
var·​i·​co·​cele | \ˈver-ə-kō-ˌsēl, ˈva-rə-\

Definition of varicocele 

: a varicose enlargement of the veins of the spermatic cord

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Some causes of infertility in men include: Varicocele A varicocele is swelling of one or several of the veins that drain the testicle. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of varicocele

1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for varicocele

borrowed from New Latin varicocēlē, from Latin varic-, varix "varicose vein, varix" + New Latin -o- -o- + -cēlē -cele

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varicocele

noun
var·​i·​co·​cele | \ˈvar-i-kō-ˌsēl \

Medical Definition of varicocele 

: a varicose enlargement of the veins of the spermatic cord producing a soft compressible tumor mass in the scrotum

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