: an abnormal often painful persistent erection of the penis
Origin of PRIAPISM
French priapisme, from Middle French, ultimately from Greek Priapos (traditionally portrayed in Greco-Roman art with an erect penis)
First Known Use: 1601
Medical Definition of PRIAPISM
: an abnormal, more or less persistent, and often painful erection of the penis; especially: one caused by disease rather than sexual desire
Biographical Note for PRIAPISM
Pri·a·pus\prī-ˈā-pəs\ Greek mythological character. A god of gardens and fertility, Priapus was the son of Aphrodite, who disowned him because he had a grotesque little body with a huge penis. He was a member of the retinue of the god Dionysus and chased after nymphs.