- Piles tend to be caused by factors that cause the blood vessels to swell, including anything that increases pressure inside the abdomen such as constipation, pregnancy and being overweight.
- Piles are incredibly common - at least 50 per cent of people suffer with them at some time.
- Husband and wife, Jean and Fred, had piles for most of their lives, but were too embarrassed to seek help.
Late Middle English: probably from Latin pila 'ball' (because of the globular form of external hemorrhoids).
pellet from Late Middle English:
Pellet is from Old French pelote ‘metal ball’, from a diminutive of Latin pila ‘ball’. Latin pila is also the source of pill, originally balls of medicine, and piles for haemorrhoids (both LME). Platoon is a less obvious relative. It comes from French peloton ‘platoon’, literally ‘small ball’. It captured the concept of a small body of foot soldiers acting as a closely organized unit.
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