[ih-rek-tl, -til, -tahyl]
- capable of being erected or set upright.
- Anatomy. capable of being distended with blood and becoming rigid, as tissue.
Origin of erectile
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Examples from the Web for erectile
Call it tragic, call it comic, or call it both: The most enduring legacy of Viagra might be erectile dysfunction jokes.
If you were in the business of telling jokes in the 2000s, Viagra and erectile dysfunction were the gifts that kept on giving.
Erectile dysfunction jokes have become a staple for comedy in the last 15 years.
Others, such as “ED Med Shop,” focused specifically on one condition (in this case, erectile dysfunction).Is FedEx America’s No. 1 Drug Dealer?
July 29, 2014
While you or your partner might not be aware of it, stress and tension are the leading causes of erectile dysfunction.8 Signs You’re Way Too Stressed (and How to Deal)
March 13, 2014
There is no evidence that these erectile plates are real limbs.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
But Indirect stimulus induces the positive or erectile response.Life Movements in Plants
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The plume of the other varieties is erectile, but that of the San Pedro denizen is soft and falls down the side.
The two California species have two round, black plumes falling gracefully over the back of the neck, but erectile when excited.
The dabchick is a small bird—rather smaller than a pigeon—and has no erectile ornaments.Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
- 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
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
- 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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