from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An abnormally dilated or swollen vein, artery, or lymph vessel.
  • n. One of the longitudinal ridges on the surface of a gastropod shell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a varicose, i.e. swollen and knotted, vein

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A uneven, permanent dilatation of a vein.
  • n. One of the prominent ridges or ribs extending across each of the whorls of certain univalve shells.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Abnormal dilatation or tortuosity of a vein or other vessel of the body; also, a vein, artery, or lymphatic thus dilated or tortuous; a varicose vessel.
  • n. [NL.] In conchology, a mark or scar on the surface of a shell denoting a former position of the lip of the aperture, which has passed on with the periodical growth of the shell. Varices are conspicuous in some univalves. See cuts under murex and triton.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abnormally enlarged or twisted blood vessel or lymphatic vessel


Latin, swollen vein.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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