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hemorrhoid

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noun hem·or·rhoid \ˈhem-ˌrȯid, ˈhe-mə-\

Simple Definition of hemorrhoid

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hemorrhoid

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

hemorrhoid

noun hem·or·rhoid

Medical Definition of hemorrhoid

  1. :  an abnormal mass of dilated and engorged blood vessels in swollen tissue that occurs internally in the anal canal or externally around the anus, that may be marked by bleeding, pain, or itching, and that when occurring internally often protrude through the external anal sphincter and when occurring externally may lead to thrombosis—usually used in plural; called also



Variants of hemorrhoid

or chiefly British haemorrhoid \ˈhem-(ə-)ˌrȯid\play play

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