erectile dysfunction

noun
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of erectile dysfunction

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

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1970

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erectile dysfunction

noun

medical Definition of erectile dysfunction

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

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