Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue.
  • n. The pathological condition in which such painful masses occur. Also called piles.

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  • n. An engorged, dilated and easily broken varicosity in the perianal area, often accompanied by intense itching and throbbing pain: piles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tumor in the anal region, either within the anus (internal hemorrhoid) or without (external hemorrhoid), formed of dilated blood-vessels with more or less hyperplastic growth of connective tissue. See piles.
  • n. In anc. zoöl. (Pliny), a venomous serpent the bite of which was said to make blood flow from all parts of the body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pain caused by venous swelling at or inside the anal sphincter

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Middle English emoroides, hemorrhoids, from Old French emoroides, from Latin haemorrhoidae, from Greek haimorrhoïdes, pl. of haimorrhoïs, from haimorrhoos, flowing with blood : haimo-, hemo- + rhein, to flow; see sreu- in Indo-European roots.

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From Old French emorroides, from Latin hæmorrhoidæ, from Ancient Greek: αἷμα (haima, "blood") in combination with ῥέω (rheō, "flow"); akin to hemorrhage.

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  • Sphincter is such a cool word.

    January 17, 2008