noun, plural var·i·ces [vairuh-seez] /ˈvɛər əˌsiz/.

  1. Also called varicosity. Pathology. a permanent abnormal dilation and lengthening of a vein, usually accompanied by some tortuosity; a varicose vein.
  2. Zoology. a ridgelike mark or scar on the surface of a shell at a former position of the lip of the aperture.

noun plural varices (ˈværɪˌsiːz)

  1. pathol
    1. a tortuous dilated veinSee varicose veins
    2. Also called: arterial varix, varix lymphaticusa similar condition affecting an artery or lymphatic vessel

n. pl. var•i•ces (-ĭ-sēz′)

  1. An abnormally dilated or swollen vein, artery, or lymph vessel.

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