- abnormally or unusually enlarged or swollen: a varicose vein.
- pertaining to or affected with varices, which often affect the superficial portions of the lower limbs.
- of or resulting from varicose veinsa varicose ulcer
1730, from Latin varicosus “full of dilated veins,” from varix (genitive varicis) “dilated vein,” probably related to varus “blotch, pimple” (see vary).
- Relating to, affected with, or characterized by varices or varicosis.