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[ih-rek-shuh n] /ɪˈrɛk ʃən/
the act of erecting.
the state of being erected.
something erected, as a building or other structure.
Physiology. a distended and rigid state of an organ or part containing erectile tissue, especially of the penis or the clitoris.
Origin of erection
First recorded in 1495-1505, erection is from the Late Latin word ērēctiōn- (stem of ērēctiō). See erect, -ion
Related forms
nonerection, noun
preerection, noun
reerection, noun Unabridged
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  • On the erection of Cuyahoga county, he was its first auditor.

  • Its erection was an attempt to steal absolution for the sins of its citizens.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • The date of its erection was about the middle of the sixteenth century.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • And then we were occupied with the erection of the shanty, as already described.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • Plans were out for the erection of flats in Magnolia Road also.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for erection


the act of erecting or the state of being erected
something that has been erected; a building or construction
(physiol) the enlarged state or condition of erectile tissues or organs, esp the penis, when filled with blood
an erect penis
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Word Origin and History for erection

mid-15c., "establishment; advancement," from Late Latin erectionem (nominative erectio), noun of action from past participle stem of erigere (see erect (adj.)). Meaning "the putting up" (of a building, etc.), "stiffening of the penis" are both from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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erection in Medicine

erection e·rec·tion (ĭ-rěk'shən)

  1. The firm and enlarged condition of a body organ or part when the erectile tissue surrounding it becomes filled with blood, especially such a condition of the penis or clitoris.

  2. The process of filling with blood.

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