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varicose veins

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Definition swollen and twisted veins, usually visible on the legs and/or ankles
  • A tendency toward varicose veins is exacerbated by conditions that increase pressure on the leg veins.
  • Got varicose veins—not bad, but enough to disqualify him.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I assumed that his bleeding came from wormlike varicose veins blooming in his stomach from the scarring in the liver.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Ummm .... varicose veins, maybe, and an easier or more difficult orgasm.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • The varicose veins stood out.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • I've got varicose veins.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Smallest Man the Varicose Veins he clean forgot to mention, as he wobbled off with less than half the money he had asked for and less than a tenth of what he deserved.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • But this year Hank was scheduled to have his varicose veins fixed at the end of June and didn't fancy hobbling around so they'd hauled it back a month or so to Memorial Day.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • She had traveled half of the trip in a hammock that two men carried on their shoulders, because swelling had disfigured her legs and her varicose veins had puffed up like bubbles.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • As I watched her I remembered all the times she said how hard it was to be a nurse—how bad it was for the legs, how painful the varicose veins were that nurses always got from being on their feet so much.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • While working as a waitress in the small-town restaurant, she had been horrified at the sight of the older waitresses' varicose veins, a professional hazard that came of a life of walking, running, and standing with heavy loads.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • She was wearing her perpetual smile and her favorite casual outfit, a bright orange Tennessee Volunteer T-shirt—she's a rabid fan—khaki shorts that exposed knobby knees and varicose veins, and orange high-top Converse basketball shoes.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Unlike the other two, Mr. Walters had none of the angry redness of alcoholic gastritis, and no bleeding varicose veins to suggest cirrhosis.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Weak knees, arthritic knuckles, varicose veins, infirmities, indignities — they aren't ours, we never wanted or claimed them.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • Until now he had been too much ashamed of his pale and meagre body, with the varicose veins standing out on his calves and the discolored patch over his ankle.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • She is a hoary pandemonium of ills, enlarged glands, mumps, quinsy, bunions, hayfever, bedsores, ringworm, floating kidney, Derbyshire neck, warts, bilious attacks, gallstones, cold feet, varicose veins.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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