varicose vein

noun

Definition of varicose vein

medical
: a vein that is abnormally swollen or made larger or wider
  • He developed varicose veins on his legs in his old age.

Word by Word Definitions

varicose play
  1. : abnormally swollen or dilated

  2. : affected with varicose veins

vein play
  1. : blood vessel

  2. : any of the vascular bundles forming the framework of a leaf

  3. : any of the thickened cuticular ribs that serve to stiffen the wings of an insect

  1. : to pattern with or as if with veins


Medical Dictionary

varicose vein

noun

medical Definition of varicose vein

: an abnormal swelling and tortuosity especially of a superficial vein of the legs usually used in plural

Illustration of varicose vein


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up varicose vein? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a eulogistic oration or writing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a-citrus-fruit-possibly-named-after-a-person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!