erectile dysfunction


Definition of erectile dysfunction

: chronic inability to achieve or maintain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse : impotence

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His low libido could be a clue to other concerning health problems, says Phil Nguyen, M.D., an erectile dysfunction expert with the Boston Medical Group. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Reasons Your Husband Doesn't Want to Have Sex," 21 Feb. 2019 The e-liquid really contained the erectile dysfunction drug in Viagra, the FDA found. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "E-cig co. put Viagra, Cialis in vape liquids—the FDA is throbbing mad," 12 Oct. 2018 On Thursday, the agency sent a warning letter to HelloCig Electronic Technology Co. Ltd for brazenly selling e-cigarette liquids that have erectile dysfunction drugs in them. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Vaping Viagra? FDA says not ok," 12 Oct. 2018 Such is the case for some of the young brands taking aim at men’s health issues like hair loss and erectile dysfunction. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Two-thirds of US smokers say they want to quit. This company has a new idea for helping them.," 18 Sep. 2018 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 alone, the Military Times reported. Fortune, "Trump Issues Broad Ban on Transgender People in Military," 24 Mar. 2018 But a new study published in the journal Circulation warns that erectile dysfunction could be more than a bedroom problem. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Erectile dysfunction isn't just about sex. It could be a major sign of heart disease, study says," 11 June 2018 Company marketers say adult diapers are a harder sell, in part because of their association with aging and because, unlike drugs for erectile dysfunction, they aren’t prescribed by a physician. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "P&G’s Challenge: Selling a Product that Women Wish They Didn’t Need," 26 June 2018 This reduces the risk of side effects such as urinary inconsistence and erectile dysfunction. Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood Medical Center offers new treatment for prostate cancer patients," 23 Apr. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of erectile dysfunction

: chronic inability to achieve or maintain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse : impotence sense 2 abbreviation ED

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