a painful swelling of a vein in the region of the anus, often with bleeding: usually used in pl.
Origin of hemorrhoidaltered (after Classical Latin or Gr) ; from Middle English emoroid(es) ; from Classical Latin haemorrhoidae ; from Classical Greek haimorrhoïdes (phlebes), (veins) discharging blood ; from haima, blood haimorrhoos, flowing with blood ; from (see hemo-) + rheein, to flow, stream
- An itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue.
- hemorrhoids The pathological condition in which such painful masses occur. Also called piles.
Origin of hemorrhoidFrom Middle English emoroides, hemorrhoids, from Old French emoroides, from Latin haemorrhoidae, from Greek haimorrho&idie;des, pl. of haimorrho&idie;s, from haimorrhoos, flowing with blood : haimo-, hemo- + rhein, to flow; see sreu- in Indo-European roots.