Hemorrhoid definition

hĕmə-roid
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An itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue.
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The pathological condition in which such painful masses occur.
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A painful swelling of a vein in the region of the anus, often with bleeding.
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An itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue.
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The pathological condition in which such painful masses occur.
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(often in the plural) An engorged, dilated and easily broken varicosity in the perianal area, often accompanied by intense itching and throbbing pain: piles.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hemorrhoid
Plural:
hemorrhoids

Origin of hemorrhoid

  • From 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 sreu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French emorroides, from Latin haemorrhoidae, from Ancient Greek: αἷμα (haima, “blood”) in combination with ῥέω (rheō, “flow”); akin to hemorrhage.

    From Wiktionary