[ ih-rek-shuh n ]
/ ɪˈrɛk ʃən /


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.

Origin of erection

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

Related forms

non·e·rec·tion, nounpre·e·rec·tion, nounre·e·rec·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for erection


/ (ɪˈrɛkʃən) /


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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Medicine definitions for erection


[ ĭ-rĕkshən ]


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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