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

Definition of varicose

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Meet Emma: She's got dead eyes, varicose veins, and a real Hunchback of Notre Dame thing going on. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Office Worker of 2040 Is Pretty Much Nicolas Cage, Only a Lady," 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., "Rooster Pecked Woman to Death After it Cut Open a Varicose Vein," 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, "Rooster pecked Australian woman to death, medical journal reports," 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,, "Afloat In Avon: Wellness Therapy Promotes Relaxation, Relieves Sports Injuries," 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, "A Word of Thanks for My Compression Socks," 2 July 2019 The extraction of two varicose veins was valued at 1.6 million pesos ($550 dollars), while an emergency rescue response for a patient struck by a cow was estimated to value 1 million pesos ($340 dollars). Washington Post, "Former rebels, Colombia prosecutor spar over FARC war chest," 25 Aug. 2017 Helps to reduce wrinkles, varicose veins, age spots, and more. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "What Stars Really Do to Get Red-Carpet Ready," 2 Feb. 2017 Helps to reduce wrinkles, varicose veins, age spots, and more. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "What Stars Really Do to Get Red-Carpet Ready," 19 June 2017

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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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The first known use of varicose was circa 1730

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“Varicose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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