Hemorrhoids.‘Piles tend to be caused by factors that cause the blood vessels to swell, including anything that increases pressure inside the abdomen such as constipation, pregnancy and being overweight.’
- ‘Piles are incredibly common - at least 50 per cent of people suffer with them at some time.’
- ‘Husband and wife, Jean and Fred, had piles for most of their lives, but were too embarrassed to seek help.’
Late Middle English probably from Latin pila ‘ball’ (because of the globular form of external hemorrhoids).
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