Why are they called Varicose Veins

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Are varicose veins called that because they are very close to the skin?

While varicose veins are at the skin surface, they are not labelled varicose because they are “very close.” According to Merriam-Webster, the word varicose is borrowed from Latin varicosus, “suffering from dilated veins”