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priapism

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noun pri·a·pism \ˈprī-ə-ˌpi-zəm\

Definition of priapism

  1. :  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


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priapism

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noun pri·a·pism \ˈprī-ə-ˌpiz-əm\

Medical Definition of priapism

  1. :  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

Priapus \prī-ˈā-pəs\play , 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.


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