varicose vein

varicose vein n an abnormal swelling and tortuosity esp. of a superficial vein of the legs usu. used in pl.

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a dilated tortuous vein, usually in the subcutaneous tissues of the leg, often associated with incompetency of the venous valves.

Varicose veins.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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