Definitions for varixˈvɛər ɪks; ˈvɛər əˌsiz
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var•ixˈvɛər ɪks; ˈvɛər əˌsiz(n.)(pl.)var•i•ces
Ref: Also, varicosity. 2
a ridgelike mark or scar on the surface of a gastropod shell.
Origin of varix:
1350–1400; ME < L: varicose vein
abnormally enlarged or twisted blood vessel or lymphatic vessel
a varicose, i.e. swollen and knotted, vein
a uneven, permanent dilatation of a vein
one of the prominent ridges or ribs extending across each of the whorls of certain univalve shells
A varix is an anatomical feature of the shell of certain sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs. Gastropods whose shells have varices are primarily families and species within the taxonomic groups Littorinimorpha and Neogastropoda. The varix is a thickened axial ridge in the shell which exists in some families of marine gastropods. A varix is located at intervals around the whorl, and is formed by considerable thickening of the outer lip during a resting stage in the growth of the shell. In other words, in gastropods whose shells have varices, the shells are characterised by episodic growth - the shell grows in spurts, and during the resting phase the varix forms. In many gastropod whose shells have varices, for example the Cassinae, the varix is essentially merely a thickening and swelling of the shell at that point. But in some genera within the family Muricidae, such as Chicoreus, Hexaplex, Pteropurpura and Pterynotus, and also within the genus Biplex, of the family Ranellidae, the varices are characterised by elaborate ruffles, frills or lamellae. Some other genera, for example Murex, are armed with protective spines which may be straight or curved, and which are formed by the varices closing or curling around their axis.
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