Definition of haemorrhoids noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(British English) (North American English hemorrhoids) noun
BrE BrE//ˈhemərɔɪdz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemərɔɪdz//
[plural] (medical)
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painful swollen veins at or near the anus synonym piles Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French and Latin from Greek haimorrhoides (phlebes) ‘bleeding (veins)’, from haima ‘blood’ + an element related to rhein ‘to flow’.