the act of erecting.
the state of being erected.
something erected, as a building or other structure.
Physiology. a distended and rigid state of an organ or part containing erectile tissue, especially of the penis or the clitoris.

1495–1505; < Late Latin ērēctiōn- (stem of ērēctiō). See erect, -ion

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erection (ɪˈrɛkʃən)
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 & History

c.1500, "establishment; advancement," from L.L. erectionem, noun of action from erect- (see erect). Meaning "the putting up" (of a building, etc.), "stiffening of the penis" are both from 1590s.
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erection e·rec·tion (ĭ-rěk'shən)

  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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