erectile

erectile

[ih-rek-tl, -til, -tahyl]
adjective
1.
capable of being erected or set upright.
2.
Anatomy. capable of being distended with blood and becoming rigid, as tissue.

Origin:
1820–30; < French érectile. See erect, -ile

erectility [ih-rek-til-i-tee, ee-rek-] , noun
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erectile (ɪˈrɛktaɪl)
 
adj
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
 
erectility
 
n

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erectile
1830, from Fr. érectile, from L. erect- (see erect).
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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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