Definition of varix in English:



  • 1Medicine
    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.’
  • 2Zoology
    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.