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

Other Words from erectile

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

Examples of erectile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some risks are common and ultimately manageable: dribbling while urinating, blockages or leaks in the new urethral plumbing, malposition or extrusion of the erectile device. New York Times, 10 May 2022 Yet studies so far have not linked the vaccines with problems related to pregnancy, menstrual cycles, erectile performance or sperm quality. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 24 Aug. 2021 Instead, female dolphins appear to have a secondary type of erectile tissue, although this would require early development studies to confirm. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2022 If a man complains of erectile problems, doctors often offer drugs like Viagra and Cialis. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 At its inception in 2017, under the name Roman, the company billed itself as a men's health care company providing discreet treatments for conditions including erectile disfunction and hair loss. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2022 Vaccines do not threaten sperm or erectile function, but COVID-19 does. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 24 Aug. 2021 What was initially a loss of depth and diameter from their vaginoplasty was compounded with regrowth of erectile tissue that needed to be removed. Allure, 12 July 2021 In November, news broke that Lee is going to direct a movie about the discovery and marketing of the erectile-dysfunction pill Viagra. oregonlive, 27 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of erectile

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Erectile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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