One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A varicose vein.
- ‘When these vessels form in the distal esophagus and stomach, the usually small rudimentary left gastric vein dilates and varices develop.’
- ‘Portal hypertension with bleeding varices is a serious complication of cirrhosis that can be treated surgically and with drug therapy.’
- ‘Computed tomographic scan showed a cirrhotic liver with gastric and esophageal varices and mild ascites.’
- ‘This dominant hepatic fibrosis with minimal renal involvement leads to portal hypertension and varices.’
- ‘Health results include varices (enlarged tortuous veins) at the lower end of the esophagus that can bleed severely.’
Each of the ridges on the shell of a gastropod mollusc, marking a former position of the aperture.
- ‘The apertural face of the varix of Alamirifica lacks the external ribs and has growth lines suggesting that a flared outer lip has been filled by successive layers that narrow the aperture.’
- ‘The outer lip of Falsilatirus forms a terminal varix that slightly ascends the spire, as in other Pisaniinae.’
- ‘Alamirifica corona differs considerably from Echinobathra by not having protruding, very thick varices nor tabulate whorls.’
- ‘Laevistrombus, however, has a different shell form with a smooth rounded shoulder and varices on early whorls, characters not known for Austrombus.’
- ‘The new species differs from Stoliczka's species by having fine spiral ribbing and an absence of slight varices preceded by a deep furrow.’
Late Middle English: from Latin.
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