One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pain, swelling, and pallor of a limb caused by acute deep venous thrombosis; especially that of a leg, most commonly seen in women after childbirth (also called milk leg, white leg).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From scientific Latin phlegmasia alba dolens from post-classical Latin phlegmasia + classical Latin alba, feminine singular of albus white + dolēns, present participle of dolēre to suffer pain.
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