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varicocele

Pronunciation: var'i-ko-sel'

Definition: A condition manifested by abnormal dilation of the veins of the spermatic cord, caused by incompetent valves in the internal spermatic vein and resulting in impaired drainage of blood into the spermatic cord veins when the person assumes an upright position.

Synonym(s): pampinocele

[varico- + G. kele, tumor, hernia]

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