var·​ix | \ ˈver-iks How to pronounce varix (audio) , ˈva-riks \
plural varices\ ˈver-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce varix (audio) , ˈva-​rə-​ \

Definition of varix

: an abnormally dilated or swollen blood or lymph vessel and especially a vein (as of the esophagus or stomach) Sclerotherapy has become an accepted treatment for bleeding esophageal varices.The New England Journal of Medicine

Other Words from varix

variceal \ ˌver-​ə-​ˈsē-​əl How to pronounce varix (audio) , ˌva-​rə-​ˈsē-​əl , və-​ˈri-​sē-​əl How to pronounce varix (audio) \ adjective
variceal bleeding

Examples of varix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Often caused by cirrhosis, esophageal varices develop when the liver can’t handle as much blood as normal because of scarring. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'varix.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of varix

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for varix

Middle English, borrowed from Latin varic-, varix, probably derivative from the stem of varus "inflamed spot on the skin, pimple"; akin to Lithuanian vìras "tapeworm larva, pimple," Old High German werra "varicose vein," Old English wearr "callosity"

Learn More About varix

Time Traveler for varix

Time Traveler

The first known use of varix was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for varix

Cite this Entry

“Varix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for varix


var·​ix | \ ˈvar-iks How to pronounce varix (audio) \
plural varices\ ˈvar-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce varix (audio) \

Medical Definition of varix

: an abnormally dilated and lengthened vein, artery, or lymph vessel especially : varicose vein

More from Merriam-Webster on varix Encyclopedia article about varix


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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