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Via Middle English varix from Latin varix, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wers-. See also Old Church Slavonic врьхъ (vrĭxŭ, “top, peak”), Ancient Greek ἕρμα (hérma, “reef, rock, hill”), Lithuanian viršus (“top”).
varix (plural varices)
- (medicine) A varicose, i.e. swollen and knotted, vein.
- (zoology) In mollusks, a particular ridge on the shell, corresponding to a former position of the aperture.
- 1995, Geerat J. Vermeij, A Natural History of Shells, page 31:
- In the personid genus Distorsio, varix formation is accompanied by a reorientation of the aperture.
From Proto-Indo-European *wers- (“highland, high”). See also varus, Old Church Slavonic врьхъ (vrĭxŭ, “top, peak”), Ancient Greek ἕρμα (hérma, “reef, rock, hill”) and Lithuanian viršus (“top”).
varix m or f (genitive varicis); third declension
- “varix”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- “varix”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- varix in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
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