Definitions for varicoceleˈvær ɪ koʊˌsil
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
var•i•co•celeˈvær ɪ koʊˌsil(n.)
a varicose condition of the spermatic veins of the scrotum.
Origin of varicocele:
dilatation of the veins associated with the spermatic cord in the testes
Varicose veins in the area of the scrotum
a varicose enlargement of the veins of the spermatic cord; also, a like enlargement of the veins of the scrotum
Varicocele is an abnormal enlargement of the pampiniform venous plexus in the scrotum. This plexus of veins drains the testicles. The testicular blood vessels originate in the abdomen and course down through the inguinal canal as part of the spermatic cord on their way to the testis. Upward flow of blood in the veins is ensured by small one-way valves that prevent backflow. Defective valves, or compression of the vein by a nearby structure, can cause dilatation of the testicular veins near the testis, leading to the formation of a varicocele.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A condition characterized by the dilated tortuous veins of the SPERMATIC CORD with a marked left-sided predominance. Adverse effect on male fertility occurs when varicocele leads to an increased scrotal (and testicular) temperature and reduced testicular volume.
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