milk leg
noun Date: circa 1860 a painful swelling of the leg caused by inflammation and clotting in the veins and affecting some postpartum women

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Milk leg — Milk Milk (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj[ o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ame lgein.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • milk-leg — milk leg, or milk leg «MIHLK LEHG», noun. a painful swelling of the leg caused by clots in the veins, usually due to an inflammation after childbirth …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk leg — milk′ leg n. pat a painful swelling of the leg soon after childbirth, due to thrombosis of the large veins • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • milk leg — n. a painful swelling of the leg, caused by inflammation and clotting in the femoral veins, usually as a result of infection during childbirth …   English World dictionary

  • milk leg — n postpartum thrombophlebitis of a femoral vein called also phlegmasia alba dolens …   Medical dictionary

  • milk leg — noun painful thrombosis of the femoral vein in the leg following childbirth • Syn: ↑white leg, ↑phlegmasia alba dolens • Hypernyms: ↑thrombosis * * * noun 1. : postpartum thrombophlebitis of a femoral vein 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk leg — /ˈmɪlk lɛg/ (say milk leg) noun Obsolete a painful swelling of the leg, due to thrombosis of the large veins, occurring most frequently in connection with parturition. Also, white leg …   Australian English dictionary

  • milk leg — Pathol. a painful swelling of the leg soon after childbirth, due to thrombosis of the large veins. [1895 1900] * * * ▪ medical disorder also called  Iliofemoral Thrombophlebitis, or Phlegmasia Alba Dolens,         inflammation of the femoral vein …   Universalium

  • milk leg — noun painful swelling of the leg after giving birth, caused by thrombophlebitis in the femoral vein …   English new terms dictionary

  • Milk — (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj[ o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ame lgein. [root]107. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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