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Definition of "varicose" []

  • Abnormally swollen or knotted: varicose veins. (adjective)
  • Relating to or causing unusual swelling. (adjective)
  • Resembling a varix on the surface of a shell. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "varicose" in a sentence
  • "'You're only home-sick, and what you call varicose veins come from over-eating."
  • "Blue swollen veins in the legs and around the vagina are called varicose veins."
  • "This leads to scratching and sores, and these may enlarge and become what are called varicose ulcers, which are slow and difficult of healing."