[ hem-uh-roid, hem-roid ]
/ ˈhɛm əˌrɔɪd, ˈhɛm rɔɪd /
Usually hemorrhoids .Pathology. an abnormally enlarged vein mainly due to a persistent increase in venous pressure, occurring inside the anal sphincter of the rectum and beneath the mucous membrane (internal hemorrhoid ) or outside the anal sphincter and beneath the surface of the anal skin (external hemorrhoid ).
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Also called piles.
Origin of hemorrhoid
1350–1400; Middle English emoroides (plural) <Latin haemorrhoid(a) <Greek haimorroḯda (adj.) discharging blood
OTHER WORDS FROM hemorrhoidhem·or·rhoi·dal, adjective
Words nearby hemorrhoid
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Example sentences from the Web for hemorrhoid
I wish to see what kind of a watch it is,' said Hemorrhoid Jack, examining the watch.Armenian Literature|Anonymous
Medical definitions for hemorrhoid
[ hĕm′ə-roid′ ]
An itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue.
hemorrhoids The pathological condition in which such painful masses occur.piles
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