arousal

noun
arous·​al | \ə-ˈrau̇-zəl \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about arousal

Statistics for arousal

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for arousal

The first known use of arousal was in 1842

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for arousal

arousal

noun
arous·​al | \ə-ˈrau̇-zəl \

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, 20 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-Pope, The Wall Street Journal, 16 Mar. 2001

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on arousal

Spanish Central: Translation of arousal

Nglish: Translation of arousal for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of arousal for Arabic Speakers

Comments on arousal

What made you want to look up arousal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a nest or breeding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!