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

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variceal \ ˌver-​ə-​ˈsē-​əl How to pronounce variceal (audio) , ˌva-​rə-​ˈsē-​əl , və-​ˈri-​sē-​əl How to pronounce variceal (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, "Ben Davis teacher must 'get sicker' before he can get new liver," 4 Apr. 2018

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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"

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Cite this Entry

“Varix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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

Medical Definition of varix

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

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