varix

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

varix (plural varices)

  1. (medicine) a varicose, i.e. swollen and knotted, vein
  2. (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[1], page 31:
      In the personid genus Distorsio, varix formation is accompanied by a reorientation of the aperture.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *wer- (highland, high). See also varus, Old Church Slavonic врьхъ (vrĭxŭ, top, peak), Ancient Greek ἕρμα (hérma, reef, rock, hill) and Lithuanian viršus (top).

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Noun[edit]

varix m, f (genitive varicis); third declension

  1. (medicine) a varicose vein

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative varix varicēs
genitive varicis varicum
dative varicī varicibus
accusative varicem varicēs
ablative varice varicibus
vocative varix varicēs

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