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priapism

[ prahy-uh-piz-uhm ]
/ ˈpraɪ əˌpɪz əm /
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noun

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

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Origin of priapism

First recorded in 1580–90; Priap(us) + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM priapism

pri·a·pis·mic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for priapism

priapism
/ (ˈpraɪəˌpɪzəm) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for priapism

priapism
[ prīə-pĭz′əm ]

n.

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