Definition of varicocele in English:

varicocele

noun

Medicine
  • A mass of varicose veins in the spermatic cord.

    ‘Scrotal ultrasonography is helpful in confirming a varicocele or testicular tumour.’
    • ‘A varicocele causes swelling due to swollen veins within the scrotum.’
    • ‘Other benign conditions resulting in a scrotal mass, such as testicular torsion, spermatocele, varicocele, or tuberculosis, must be ruled out.’
    • ‘If treatment is needed to improve fertility, a varicocele can be treated with an operation, where the veins are tied off.’
    • ‘Repairing varicoceles is often done to improve male infertility or unexplained infertility because the dilated veins are thought to result in poor sperm quality and quantity.’

Pronunciation

varicocele

/ˈverəkōˌsēl/ /ˈvɛrəkoʊˌsil/

Origin

Mid 18th century from Latin varix, varic- ‘dilated vein’+ -cele.