hemorrhoid

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

Definition of hemorrhoid 

: 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 outer sphincter of the anus and when occurring externally may lead to thrombosis usually used in plural

called also piles

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Even the camp doctors were awed by a few refugees who doused their own hemorrhoids with hot sauce from the tiny Tabasco bottles that came with their military rations. Brenda Medina And Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Trump dialed it up to 10, but his predecessors often treated migrants with disdain," 2 July 2018 Every few days, the bears will be sedated, a needle will be inserted into their gall bladders and bile extracted to be sold as a cure for anything from hemorrhoids to a hangover. Author: Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "From hemorrhoids to hangovers: Bear bile is treasured in China, and that’s bad for captive bears," 3 June 2018 Every few days, the bears are sedated, a needle is inserted into their gall bladders and bile is extracted to be sold as a cure for ailments as diverse as hemorrhoids and hangovers. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "China’s bear bile industry persists despite growing awareness of the cruelty involved," 3 June 2018 The same study of Israeli adults found that although time spent on the toilet was associated with having hemorrhoids, toilet readers were no more likely to have them than non-readers. Nick Haslam, Time, "In Defense of Using Your Phone on the Toilet," 12 Apr. 2018 If there's less than a half teaspoon of blood and it's accompanied by some pain and discomfort down there, Watson says the bleeding is probably caused by internal hemorrhoids and needs to be checked out. Tehrene Firman, Redbook, "12 Things Your Poop Says About Your Health," 15 Aug. 2017 But the notion that pregnancy is just this beautiful, carefree experience doesn’t take into account the vomiting, the gestational diabetes, hemorrhoids, bowel problems, incontinence or any of the common complications that follow pregnancy and birth. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Abortion Is Not Murder," 13 Apr. 2018 It has been argued that toilet reading produces hemorrhoids by increasing the time spent seated and straining. Nick Haslam, Time, "In Defense of Using Your Phone on the Toilet," 12 Apr. 2018 The company’s founder, Arnold Cohen, created this device for his ailing father; studies have shown that bidet bathing can help heal rashes, hemorrhoids, and other irritations. Maria Teresa Hart, The Atlantic, "The Bidet's Revival," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hemorrhoid

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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hemorrhoid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hemorrhoid

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

hemorrhoid

noun
hem·or·rhoid
variants: or chiefly British haemorrhoid \ˈhem-(ə-)ˌrȯid \

Medical Definition of hemorrhoid 

: 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 piles

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