One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Painful swelling of the leg after giving birth, caused by thrombophlebitis in the femoral vein.
- ‘The soak is used for peripheral circulation, milk leg, thrombo-phlebitis of lower members or congestion-heart shortage.’
- ‘So common is anemia in most cases of phlebitis and especially in milk leg, that iron will be found essential.’
milk leg/ˈmilk ˌleɡ/
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