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 haimorrhoïdes pl. of haimorrhoïs from haimorrhoos flowing with blood haimo- hemo- rhein to flow ; see sreu- in Indo-European roots.