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hemorrhoids

Pronunciation: hem'o-roydz

Definition: A varicose condition of the external hemorrhoidal veins causing painful swellings at the anus.

Synonym(s): piles

[G. haimorrhois, pl. haimorrhoides, veins likely to bleed, fr. haima, blood, + rhoia, a flow]

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