erec·​tile | \ i-ˈrek-tᵊl How to pronounce erectile (audio) , -ˌtī(-ə)l \

Definition of erectile

1 : of, relating to, or capable of undergoing physiological erection erectile tissue
2 : capable of being raised to an upright position the erectile quills of a porcupine

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erectility \ i-​ˌrek-​ˈti-​lə-​tē How to pronounce erectile (audio) \ noun

Examples of erectile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In November, news broke that Lee is going to direct a movie about the discovery and marketing of the erectile-dysfunction pill Viagra. oregonlive, "The bird vote, Mr. Peanut’s shock sacrifice, Spike Lee’s Viagra: 10 of the strangest stories of 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 In addition to the same ads approved by the MBTA, posters for erectile disfunction medication Hims recently plastered the subway system with blatantly phallic cacti and eggplants. Kate Flaim, Fortune, "The Wing Lands in Boston and Finds an Advertising Double Standard," 14 June 2019 Even after its patent exclusivity expired, Viagra continues to make the company billions, with the 20-year-old erectile disfunction drug earning the company $1.6 billion in annual sales in 2016 alone. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Pfizer Raises Prices on Prescription Drugs Like Viagra and Chantix for the Second Time This Year," 2 July 2018 Notably, high-intensity cyclists logged better erectile function scores than low-intensity cyclists. Maureen Salamon,, "Cycling won't sabotage a man's sex life: Study," 19 Jan. 2018 By comparison, military bands account for $437 million of the Pentagon’s budget, and some $84 million is spent treating erectile dysfunction. Zeke J Miller, Time, "President Trump Has Taken a Key Step to Implement His Transgender Military Ban," 25 Aug. 2017 The center also offers advanced urological technology services, such as low-intensity shock wave therapy for erectile dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain. Ginger Christ,, "Cleveland Clinic launches Center for Men's Health," 1 Aug. 2017 By contrast, the military spent $84 million on Viagra and other drugs for erectile dysfunction for active-duty troops, eligible family members and retirees in 2014, the Military Times reported. . . . . . . . Bloomberg News,, "Pentagon pushes back on Trump changes to transgender policy," 27 July 2017 By contrast, the military spent $84 million on Viagra and other drugs for erectile dysfunction in 2014 alone, the Military Times reported. Jennifer Epstein,, "Tweets Before Policy as Trump Bans Transgender Service Members," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of erectile

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of erectile was in 1830

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“Erectile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of erectile

technical : of or relating to an erection (sense 1)


erec·​tile | \ i-ˈrek-tᵊl How to pronounce erectile (audio) , -ˌtīl How to pronounce erectile (audio) \

Medical Definition of erectile

: capable of being raised to an erect or elevated position especially : cavernous sense 2

Other Words from erectile

erectility \ -​ˌrek-​ˈtil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce erectile (audio) \ noun, plural erectilities

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