- Pathology. continuous, usually nonsexual erection of the penis, especially due to disease.
- prurient behavior or display.
Origin of priapism
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Priapism was a common symptom; but, as is seen from the cases quoted, was rarely due to any gross direct laceration of the cord.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
- pathol prolonged painful erection of the penis, caused by neurological disorders, obstruction of the penile blood vessels, etc
Word Origin for priapism
C17: from Late Latin priāpismus, ultimately from Greek Priapus
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- Persistent, usually painful erection of the penis, especially as a consequence of disease and not related to sexual arousal.
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