hemorrhoid

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

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 outer sphincter of the anus and when occurring externally may lead to thrombosis —usually used in plural —called also piles

Origin and Etymology 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


HEMORRHOID Defined for English Language Learners

hemorrhoid

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

Definition of hemorrhoid for English Language Learners

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


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hemorrhoid

noun hem·or·rhoid
variants: or chiefly British

haemorrhoid

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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 piles


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