Definition of varicose in US English:

varicose

adjective

  • attributive Affected by a condition causing the swelling and tortuous lengthening of veins, most often in the legs.

    ‘varicose veins’
    • ‘Most people with varicose veins are not referred to a specialist.’
    • ‘Ulceration of the skin can occur on the legs as a complication of varicose veins, or of poor circulation due to arteriosclerosis.’
    • ‘Initial treatment for varicose veins usually is a compression stocking worn while the patient is not in bed.’
    • ‘In the long term at least one third of patients develop further varicose veins, in either the treated or the untreated leg.’
    • ‘These special stockings can also be helpful for those with circulation problems or varicose veins.’
    • ‘To avoid getting any skin conditions related to varicose veins, keep your legs well moisturized, but avoid perfumed moisturisers.’
    • ‘Once the damaged vein is removed, it will not return, but it is possible for new varicose veins to form.’
    • ‘The patient should be examined both lying and standing to detect varicose veins.’
    • ‘Looking at the rest of her leg, it was easy to see varicose veins in abundance.’
    • ‘Like varicose veins, piles often improve or disappear completely after the baby is born, but occasionally surgery is needed.’
    • ‘In folk medicine it has been used for venous conditions, including hemorrhoids and varicose veins.’
    • ‘Painful varicose veins with recurrent phlebitis or skin changes are considered indications for surgery.’
    • ‘Varicose veins - many people with these also develop piles, although piles are not varicose veins.’
    • ‘Interestingly, age did not clearly affect varicose vein incidence for either gender.’
    • ‘The skin was smooth, blotchy and traversed with varicose veins.’
    • ‘Surgical treatment is necessary to treat larger varicose vein clusters.’
    • ‘This may mean wearing elastic support hose or even having varicose vein surgery.’
    • ‘As with all disease, the primary treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids is prevention.’
    • ‘An exception to this is varicose vein surgery, for which rates dropped everywhere except Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘Being overweight increases the risk of varicose veins, as does tight clothing and standing up for long periods of time, for example as part of your job.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin varicosus, from varix (see varix).

Pronunciation

varicose

/ˈverəˌkōs//ˈvɛrəˌkoʊs/