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erectile

[ ih-rek-tl, -til, -tahyl ]
/ ɪˈrɛk tl, -tɪl, -taɪl /
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adjective

capable of being erected or set upright.
Anatomy. capable of being distended with blood and becoming rigid, as tissue.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for erectile

erectile
/ (ɪˈrɛktaɪl) /

adjective

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
capable of being erected

Derived forms of erectile

erectility (ɪrɛkˈtɪlɪtɪ, ˌiːrɛk-), noun
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Medical definitions for erectile

erectile
[ ĭ-rĕktəl, -tīl′ ]

adj.

Of or relating to tissue capable of filling with blood and becoming rigid.
Capable of being raised to an upright position.
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