arousal

noun arous·al \ ə-ˈrau̇-zəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of arousal

plural arousals
1 : the act of arousing someone or something
  • arousal from sleep
  • This belated arousal of the hunting instinct seemed to make almost another man of him.
  • —Jack London
: the state of being aroused
  • His work with animals had implicated adrenaline and noradrenaline in emotional arousal and memory.
  • —Daniel Goleman
2 : a state of physiological and psychological excitation caused by sexual contact or other erotic stimulation
  • Studies show 60% of patients taking the drugs experience some form of sexual dysfunction, ranging from loss of desire to problems with arousal and an inability to reach orgasm.
  • —Tara Parker-Pope

First Known Use of arousal

1842


Medical Dictionary

arousal

noun arous·al \ ə-ˈrau̇-zəl \

medical Definition of arousal

1 a : the act of arousing
  • arousal from sleep
b : the state of being aroused; specifically : responsiveness to stimuli
  • … cells of the locus coeruleus, a brain center involved in maintaining attention and arousal
  • Science20 June 1986
2 : a state of physiological and psychological excitation caused by sexual contact or other erotic stimulation
  • Studies show 60% of patients taking the drugs experience some form of sexual dysfunction, ranging from loss of desire to problems with arousal
  • —Tara Parker-PopeThe Wall Street Journal16 Mar. 2001

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