Meaning of piles in English:

piles

Pronunciation /pʌɪlz/

Translate piles into Spanish

plural noun

  • Haemorrhoids.

    ‘Stomach ulcers, piles, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon) and bowel cancer may cause bleeding in the gut and result in anaemia.’
    • ‘Haemorrhoids, also known as piles are rather like varicose veins in the canal of the anus.’
    • ‘Unfortunately confusion still exists among lay people and doctors, who misuse the terms haemorrhoids and piles to cover a variety of complaints.’
    • ‘Like varicose veins, piles often improve or disappear completely after the baby is born, but occasionally surgery is needed.’
    • ‘Surgical removal of piles is called haemorrhoidectomy.’
    • ‘A Dalit woman who had come to a local private nursing home for treatment of piles, allegedly died because of doctor's negligence.’

Origin

Late Middle English probably from Latin pila ‘ball’ (because of the globular form of external haemorrhoids).