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erectile

[ih-rek-tl, -til, -tahyl] /ɪˈrɛk tl, -tɪl, -taɪl/
adjective
1.
capable of being erected or set upright.
2.
Anatomy. capable of being distended with blood and becoming rigid, as tissue.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French érectile. See erect, -ile
Related forms
erectility
[ih-rek-til-i-tee, ee-rek-] /ɪ rɛkˈtɪl ɪ ti, ˌi rɛk-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for erectile

erectile

/ɪˈrɛktaɪl/
adjective
1.
(physiol) (of tissues or organs, such as the penis or clitoris) capable of becoming rigid or erect as the result of being filled with blood
2.
capable of being erected
Derived Forms
erectility (ɪrɛkˈtɪlɪtɪ; ˌiːrɛk-) noun
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Word Origin and History for erectile
adj.

1830, from French érectile, from Latin erect-, past participle stem of erigere (see erect).

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erectile in Medicine

erectile e·rec·tile (ĭ-rěk'təl, -tīl')
adj.

  1. Of or relating to tissue capable of filling with blood and becoming rigid.

  2. Capable of being raised to an upright position.

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