[prahy-uh-piz-uh m]


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

Nearby words

  1. prf.,
  2. priam,
  3. priamus,
  4. priapean,
  5. priapic,
  6. priapitis,
  7. priapus,
  8. pribilof islands,
  9. price,
  10. price break

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

British Dictionary definitions for priapismic



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 priapismic



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

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Medicine definitions for priapismic




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

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