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English definition of “varicose vein”

varicose vein

noun [C usually plural]     /ˌvær.ɪ.kəʊsˈveɪn/ US  /ˌver.ɪ.koʊs-/
a swollen and often painful vein , especially in the legs : Pregnant women often get varicose veins .Disorders and diseases of the heart and blood
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