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erection

[ih-rek-shuh n] /ɪˈrɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of erecting.
2.
the state of being erected.
3.
something erected, as a building or other structure.
4.
Physiology. a distended and rigid state of an organ or part containing erectile tissue, especially of the penis or the clitoris.
Origin of erection
1495-1505
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
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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.

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  • Plans were out for the erection of flats in Magnolia Road also.

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British Dictionary definitions for erection

erection

/ɪˈrɛkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of erecting or the state of being erected
2.
something that has been erected; a building or construction
3.
(physiol) the enlarged state or condition of erectile tissues or organs, esp the penis, when filled with blood
4.
an erect penis
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Word Origin and History for erection
n.

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.

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erection in Medicine

erection e·rec·tion (ĭ-rěk'shən)
n.

  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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