hemorrhoid


hem·or·rhoid

noun \ˈhem-ˌrid, ˈhe-mə-\

: a swollen and painful area located at or near the anus

Full Definition of HEMORRHOID

:  a mass of dilated veins in swollen tissue at the margin of the anus or nearby within the rectum —usually used in plural —called also piles

Origin of HEMORRHOID

Middle English emeroides, plural, from Anglo-French emorroides, from Latin haemorrhoidae, from Greek haimorrhoides, from haimorrhoos flowing with blood, from haimo- hem- + rhein to flow — more at stream
First Known Use: 14th century

hem·or·rhoid

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEMORRHOID

: a mass of dilated veins in swollen tissue at the margin of the anus or nearby within the rectum—usually used in plural; called also piles

Variants of HEMORRHOID

hem·or·rhoid or chiefly British haem·or·rhoid \ˈhem-(ə-)ˌrid\

hemorrhoid

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mass formed by distension of the network of veins supplying the anal canal. It may develop from infection or increased abdominal pressure (as in pregnancy or heavy lifting). Mild hemorrhoids may require only ointments, laxatives, and baths. If clotting, bleeding, or pain occurs, surgical removal may be needed. Internal hemorrhoids, with little nerve supply, can be destroyed in several ways without anesthesia. External hemorrhoids, under the skin, are cut out under local anesthesia.

Variants of HEMORRHOID

hemorrhoid or pile

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