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[hem-uh-roid, hem-roid]
  1. 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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Origin of hemorrhoid

1350–1400; Middle English emoroides (plural) < Latin haemorrhoid(a) < Greek haimorroḯda (adj.) discharging blood
Also called piles.
Related formshem·or·rhoi·dal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hemorrhoidal

Historical Examples of hemorrhoidal

  • The operation by the clamp and cautery is a good method when the hemorrhoidal tumors are small.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • In obstinate cases of prolapse Agnew48 recommends the use of a rectal obturator or the use of a hemorrhoidal truss.

  • Hemorrhoidal veins, or piles, are occasionally met with, generally in horses which run at pasture.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • In some few instances hemoptysis has preceded convalescence, as has also a bleeding from the hemorrhoidal veins.

  • In some few instances hemoptysis has preceded convalescence, as has also a bleeding from, the hemorrhoidal veins.

hemorrhoidal in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to hemorrhoids.
  2. Relating to certain arteries and veins supplying the region of the rectum and anus.
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  1. An itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue.
  2. hemorrhoids The pathological condition in which such painful masses occur.piles
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