arousal

noun
arous·​al | \ ə-ˈrau̇-zəl How to pronounce arousal (audio) \
plural arousals

Definition of arousal

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arousal

arouse + -al entry 2

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“Arousal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arousal. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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arousal

noun
arous·​al | \ ə-ˈrau̇-zəl How to pronounce arousal (audio) \

Medical Definition of arousal

1a : 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 arousalScience
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-Pope, The Wall Street Journal

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