hemorrhoid

[hem-uh-roid, hem-roid]
noun
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; Middle English emoroides (plural) < Latin haemorrhoid(a) < Greek haimorroḯda (adj.) discharging blood

hemorrhoidal, adjective
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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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Example sentences
Call for your health care provider if hemorrhoid symptoms do not improve with home treatment.
Sutures that dissolve are then placed at the root of the hemorrhoid, securely tied, and then run about the clamp.
The results of hemorrhoid surgery under this mode of anesthesia have been demonstrated in many publications.
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