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erection

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

First recorded in 1495–1505, erection is from the Late Latin word ērēctiōn- (stem of ērēctiō). See erect, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM erection

non·e·rec·tion, nounpre·e·rec·tion, nounre·e·rec·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for erection

erection
/ (ɪˈrɛkʃən) /

noun
the act of erecting or the state of being erected
something that has been erected; a building or construction
physiol the enlarged state or condition of erectile tissues or organs, esp the penis, when filled with blood
an erect penis
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Medical definitions for erection

erection
[ ĭ-rĕkshən ]

n.
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.
The process of filling with blood.
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