hemorrhoid

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English emerowdes, emeroides, emeroydez, from Old French emorroides, from Latin haemorrhoidae,[1] from Ancient Greek αἱμορροΐς (haimorrhoḯs), a feminine adjective from αἱμόρροος (haimórrhoos, flowing with blood), from αἷμα (haîma, blood) and the root of ῥέω (rhéō, flow).[2] Doublet of emerod.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛməɹɔɪd/, /ˈhɛmɹɔɪd/

Noun[edit]

hemorrhoid (plural hemorrhoids)

  1. (often in the plural) An engorged, dilated and easily broken varicosity in the perianal area, often accompanied by intense itching and throbbing pain: piles.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper, “hemorrhoids”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
  2. ^ hemorrhoid”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.