[prahy-uh-piz-uh m]


Pathology. continuous, usually nonsexual erection of the penis, especially due to disease.
prurient behavior or display.

Origin of priapism

First recorded in 1580–90; Priap(us) + -ism
Related formspri·a·pis·mic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for priapism

"persistent erection of the penis," 1620s, from Late Latin priapismus, from Greek priapismos, from priapizein, from Priapos (see priapic + -ism).

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priapism in Medicine




Persistent, usually painful erection of the penis, especially as a consequence of disease and not related to sexual arousal.
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