Definition of haemorrhoid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛmərɔɪd/
(US hemorrhoid)


(usually haemorrhoids)
A swollen vein or group of veins in the region of the anus. Also (collectively) called piles.
Example sentences
  • You may have to strain, which can be painful and cause bleeding or haemorrhoids (swollen veins in the anus, also known as piles).
  • This lack of fibre contributes directly to the common diseases of gall stones, appendicitis, haemorrhoids, diverticular disease and cancer of the colon.
  • When the veins of this network become swollen with blood, haemorrhoids occur.



Pronunciation: /hɛməˈrɔɪd(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Venous stasis and dilation and the distal movement of the anal cushions, eventually followed by prolapse, result in chronic hemorrhoidal disease.
  • The study comprised 100 consecutive patients with hemorrhoidal disease.
  • Unfortunately, some patients seem to think that occasional hematochezia is normal, probably because hemorrhoidal bleeding is so common.


Late Middle English: via Old French and Latin from Greek haimorrhoides (phlebes) 'bleeding (veins)', from haima 'blood' + an element related to rhein 'to flow'.

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