var·​i·​cose | \ ˈver-ə-ˌkōs How to pronounce varicose (audio) , ˈva-rə- \
variants: or less commonly varicosed \ ˈver-​ə-​ˌkōst How to pronounce varicose (audio) , ˈva-​rə-​ \

Definition of varicose

1 : abnormally swollen or dilated varicose veins
2 : affected with varicose veins varicose legs

Examples of varicose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Studies have shown that sulphurous mineral water can have promising therapeutic benefits, particularly in people with circulation difficulties ranging from varicose veins to stroke. Doctor Fix-it, The Denver Post, 14 July 2020 According to the Allure Medical website, the location offers varicose vein treatment, hormone replacement therapy, dermatology, stem cell therapy, cosmetics and weight loss services. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2020 Standing for extended periods of time also increases the risks of varicose veins. Alan Hedge, Time, 15 Apr. 2020 Meet Emma: She's got dead eyes, varicose veins, and a real Hunchback of Notre Dame thing going on. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 1 Nov. 2019 But back to the case study: It should be noted that bleeding from varicose veins is not overly common, Dr. Haurani says., 4 Sep. 2019 The 76-year-old woman had various health issues such as diabetes, hypertension and varicose veins before the rooster attack, contributing to her death. David K. Li, NBC News, 4 Sep. 2019 And compression therapy is said to reduce inflammation and fluid collection, help remove toxins such as lactic acid, improve blood circulation, prevent and eliminate varicose veins, and strengthen loose skin caused by pregnancy or obesity. Tyra Mcclung,, 2 July 2019 Modern compression socks were invented by Conrad Jobst, a dashing German engineer who lived in Toledo, Ohio, and suffered from varicose veins. Andrea Denhoed, The New Yorker, 2 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of varicose

circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for varicose

borrowed from Latin varicōsus "suffering from dilated veins," from varic-, varix "dilated vein, varix" + -ōsus -ose entry 1

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“Varicose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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var·​i·​cose | \ ˈvar-ə-ˌkōs How to pronounce varicose (audio) \
variants: also varicosed \ -​ˌkōst How to pronounce varicose (audio) \

Medical Definition of varicose

1 : abnormally swollen or dilated varicose lymph vessels
2 : affected with varicose veins a patient with varicose legs

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