erec·​tion | \ i-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce erection (audio) \

Definition of erection

1a : the state marked by firm turgid form and erect or elevated position of a previously flaccid bodily part containing cavernous tissue when that tissue becomes dilated with blood
b : an occurrence of such a state in the penis or clitoris
2 : the act or process of erecting something : construction
3 : something erected

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Examples of erection in a Sentence

the erection of a new apartment building when it was brand-new, the Eiffel Tower was considered as ugly an erection as Europe had ever seen
Recent Examples on the Web There's also the intriguing test that measures the overnight erections of three college athletes. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Macho vegans: The documentary that's changing the script on plant-based diets," 18 Dec. 2019 An angina medication with a side effect of erections became Viagra. Eric Boodman, STAT, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 2020 Prouse likes to reference a study where researchers placed a vibrator on mens’ penises to see what, if anything, the sensation did for their erections. Wired, "Audio Porn Streams Erotica to Your Ears—and Your Imagination," 14 Nov. 2019 April 24, 201800:56 That function includes the ability to have erections and orgasm, as well as urinate standing up (with the aid of his leg prostheses). Erika Edwards, NBC News, "1.5 years after penis and scrotum transplant, injured veteran feels 'whole' again," 6 Nov. 2019 At that age for men, the most embarrassing thing is unwanted erections, right? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Amy Schumer Gets Extremely Real About Periods in Her New Netflix Special," 20 Mar. 2019 This surrounds components like the urethra and swells in order to allow erections. 2. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 While being abused, women can get wet, men can get erections, and many people even orgasm. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: Why Is My Vagina Always So Dry During Sex?," 11 Oct. 2018 Men who are disgusted or terrified can still have erections or orgasms. Joanna Schroeder, Vox, "The alleged encounter between Asia Argento and Jimmy Bennett is an example.," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of erection

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Erection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of erection

: the state in which a body part (such as the penis) becomes firm and swollen because of sexual excitement also : the penis when it is in such a state
: the act or process of building or erecting something


erec·​tion | \ i-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce erection (audio) \

Medical Definition of erection

1 : the state marked by firm turgid form and erect or elevated position of a previously flaccid bodily part containing cavernous tissue when that tissue becomes dilated with blood
2 : an occurrence of erection in the penis or clitoris

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