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hemorrhoid

[hem-uh-roid, hem-roid] /ˈhɛm əˌrɔɪd, ˈhɛm rɔɪd/
noun
1.
Usually, hemorrhoids. Pathology. an abnormally enlarged vein mainly due to a persistent increase in venous pressure, occurring inside the anal sphincter of the rectum and beneath the mucous membrane (internal hemorrhoid) or outside the anal sphincter and beneath the surface of the anal skin (external hemorrhoid)
Also called pile.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English emoroides (plural) < Latin haemorrhoid(a) < Greek haimorroḯda (adj.) discharging blood
Related forms
hemorrhoidal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hemorrhoids

haemorrhoids

/ˈhɛməˌrɔɪdz/
plural noun
1.
(pathol) swollen and twisted veins in the region of the anus and lower rectum, often painful and bleeding Nontechnical name piles
Derived Forms
haemorrhoidal, (US) hemorrhoidal, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin haemorrhoidae (plural), from Greek, from haimorrhoos discharging blood, from haimo-haemo- + rhein to flow
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Word Origin and History for hemorrhoids
n.

plural of hemorrhoid; late 14c., emeroudis, from Old French emorroides (13c.), from Latin hæmorrhoidae, from Greek haimorrhoides (phlebes) "(veins) liable to discharge blood," plural of haimorrhois, from haima "blood" (see -emia) + rhoos "a stream, a flowing," from rhein "to flow" (see rheum). Related: Hemmorhoidal.

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hemorrhoids in Medicine

hemorrhoid hem·or·rhoid (hěm'ə-roid')
n.

  1. An itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue.

  2. or hemorrhoids The pathological condition in which such painful masses occur. Also called piles.

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