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erection

[ih-rek-shuh n] /ɪˈrɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of erecting.
2.
the state of being erected.
3.
something erected, as a building or other structure.
4.
Physiology. a distended and rigid state of an organ or part containing erectile tissue, especially of the penis or the clitoris.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Late Latin ērēctiōn- (stem of ērēctiō). See erect, -ion
Related forms
nonerection, noun
preerection, noun
reerection, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for re-erection

erection

/ɪˈrɛkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of erecting or the state of being erected
2.
something that has been erected; a building or construction
3.
(physiol) the enlarged state or condition of erectile tissues or organs, esp the penis, when filled with blood
4.
an erect penis
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Word Origin and History for re-erection

erection

n.

mid-15c., "establishment; advancement," from Late Latin erectionem (nominative erectio), noun of action from past participle stem of erigere (see erect (adj.)). Meaning "the putting up" (of a building, etc.), "stiffening of the penis" are both from 1590s.

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re-erection in Medicine

erection e·rec·tion (ĭ-rěk'shən)
n.

  1. The firm and enlarged condition of a body organ or part when the erectile tissue surrounding it becomes filled with blood, especially such a condition of the penis or clitoris.

  2. The process of filling with blood.

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Encyclopedia Article for re-erection

erection

enlargement, hardening, and elevation of the male reproductive organ, the penis. Internally, the penis has three long masses of cylindrical tissue, known as erectile tissue, that are bound together by fibrous tissue. The two identical areas running along the sides of the penis are termed corpora cavernosa; the third mass, known as the corpus spongiosum, lies below the corpora cavernosa, surrounds the urethra-(a tube that transports either urine or semen),-and extends forward to form the tip (or glans) of the penis. All three masses are spongelike; they contain large spaces between loose networks of tissue. When the penis is in a flaccid, or resting, state, the spaces are collapsed and the tissue is condensed. During erection, blood flows into the spaces, causing distention and elevation of the penis. The amount of blood entering the penis can be increased by physical or psychological stimulation. As blood enters, there is a temporary reduction in the rate and volume of blood leaving the penis. The arteries carrying blood to the penis dilate; this, in turn, causes tissue expansion. The veins leading from the penis have funnel-shaped valves that reduce the outflow of blood. As the erectile tissue begins to enlarge, the additional pressure causes the veins to be squeezed against the surrounding fibrous tissue, and this further diminishes the outflow of blood. Essentially, blood becomes temporarily trapped in the organ

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