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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French emorroides, from Latin hæmorrhoidæ, from Ancient Greek: αἷμα (haima, "blood") in combination with ῥέω (rheō, "flow"); akin to hemorrhage. (Wiktionary)



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  • Sphincter is such a cool word.

    January 17, 2008