Erectile E*rect"ile, a. [Cf. F. ['e]rectile.] 1. Capable of being erected; susceptible of being erected of dilated; as, erectile tissue. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to an erection[5]; as, erectile dysfunction. [PJC]

{Erectile tissue} (Anat.), a tissue, such as that contained in the penis, which is capable of being greatly dilated and made rigid by accumulation of blood in and the consequent distension of the numerous blood vessels which it contains. [1913 Webster]

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  • érectile — [ erɛktil ] adj. • 1813; du lat. erectus ♦ Susceptible d érection (2o); capable de se dresser. Poils érectiles. N. f. ÉRECTILITÉ , 1839 . ● érectile adjectif (de érection, avec l influence de tactile) Se dit d organes ou de tissus susceptibles d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • erectile — 1830, from Fr. érectile, from L. erect , pp. stem of erigere (see ERECT (Cf. erect)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • erectile — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ able to become erect …   English terms dictionary

  • erectile — [ē rek′til, irek′til; ] also [ i rek′tīl΄] adj. [Fr < L erectus] that can become erect: used esp. to designate tissue, as in the penis, that becomes swollen and rigid when filled with blood erectility [ē΄rek til′ə tē, i rek΄til′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • erectile — adjective Date: 1830 1. of, relating to, or capable of undergoing physiological erection < erectile tissue > < erectile dysfunction > 2. capable of being raised to an upright position < the erectile quills of a porcupine > • erectility noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • erectile — erectility /i rek til i tee, ee rek /, n. /i rek tl, til, tuyl/, adj. 1. capable of being erected or set upright. 2. Anat. capable of being distended with blood and becoming rigid, as tissue. [1820 30; < F érectile. See ERECT, ILE] * * * …   Universalium

  • erectile — Capable of erection. * * * erec·tile i rek təl, .tīl adj capable of being raised to an erect position esp CAVERNOUS (2) erec·til·i·ty .rek til ət ē n, pl ties * * * …   Medical dictionary

  • érectile — (é rè kti l ) adj. Terme d anatomie. Susceptible d érection. Tissu érectile, tissu qui devient roide, dur, gonflé par l afflux du sang dans ses vaisseaux. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Voy. érection …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • erectile — e|rec|tile [ ı rektl, ı rek,taıl ] adjective TECHNICAL capable of becoming erect: erectile tissue …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • erectile — adj. capable of causing erection or becoming erect. The penis is composed largely of erectile tissue …   The new mediacal dictionary

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