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plural noun
(pathol) swollen and twisted veins in the region of the anus and lower rectum, often painful and bleeding Nontechnical name piles
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haemorrhoidal, (US) hemorrhoidal, adjective
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C14: from Latin haemorrhoidae (plural), from Greek, from haimorrhoos discharging blood, from haimo-haemo- + rhein to flow
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