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


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

Nearby words

  1. erech,
  2. erechim,
  3. erechtheum,
  4. erechtheus,
  5. erect,
  6. erectile dysfunction,
  7. erectile impotence,
  8. erectile tissue,
  9. erecting prism,
  10. erection

Origin of erectile

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

Related formse·rec·til·i·ty [ih-rek-til-i-tee, ee-rek-] /ɪ rɛkˈtɪl ɪ ti, ˌi rɛk-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for erectile


/ (ɪˈrɛktaɪl) /


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 Formserectility (ɪrɛkˈtɪlɪtɪ, ˌiːrɛk-), noun

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Word Origin and History for erectile



1830, from French érectile, from Latin erect-, past participle stem of erigere (see erect).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for erectile


[ ĭ-rĕktəl, -tīl′ ]


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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