[ ih-rek-tl, -til, -tahyl ]
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  1. capable of being erected or set upright.

  2. Anatomy. capable of being distended with blood and becoming rigid, as tissue.

Origin of erectile

From the French word érectile, dating back to 1820–30. See erect, -ile

Other words from erectile

  • e·rec·til·i·ty [ih-rek-til-i-tee, ee-rek-], /ɪ rɛkˈtɪl ɪ ti, ˌi rɛk-/, noun

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How to use erectile in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for erectile


/ (ɪˈrɛktaɪl) /

  1. physiol (of tissues or organs, such as the penis or clitoris) capable of becoming rigid or erect as the result of being filled with blood

  2. capable of being erected

Derived forms of erectile

  • erectility (ɪrɛkˈtɪlɪtɪ, ˌiːrɛk-), noun

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