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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Varicose \Var"i*cose`\ (?; 277), a. [L. varicosus, from varix, -icis, a dilated vein; cf. varus bent, stretched, crooked.] 1. Irregularly swollen or enlarged; affected with, or containing, varices, or varicosities; of or pertaining to varices, or varicosities; as, a varicose nerve fiber; a varicose vein; varicose ulcers. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) Intended for the treatment of varicose veins; -- said of elastic stockings, bandages, and the like. [1913 Webster]