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priapism

[prahy-uh-piz-uh m] /ˈpraɪ əˌpɪz əm/
noun
1.
Pathology. continuous, usually nonsexual erection of the penis, especially due to disease.
2.
prurient behavior or display.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; Priap(us) + -ism
Related forms
priapismic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for priapism

priapism

/ˈpraɪəˌpɪzəm/
noun
1.
(pathol) prolonged painful erection of the penis, caused by neurological disorders, obstruction of the penile blood vessels, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin priāpismus, ultimately from Greek Priapus
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Word Origin and History for priapism
n.

"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

priapism pri·a·pism (prī'ə-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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Encyclopedia Article for priapism

a persistent, painful erection of the penis unaccompanied by sexual excitation or desire.

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