Definition of priapism
: an abnormal often painful persistent erection of the penis
Origin and Etymology of priapism
French priapisme, from Middle French, ultimately from Greek Priapos (traditionally portrayed in Greco-Roman art with an erect penis)
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of priapism
: an abnormal, more or less persistent, and often painful erection of the penis; especially : one caused by disease rather than sexual desire
Biographical Note for priapism
Priapus \prī-ˈā-pəs\play , Greek mythological character. A god of gardens and fertility, Priapus was the son of Aphrodite, who disowned him because he had a grotesque little body with a huge penis. He was a member of the retinue of the god Dionysus and chased after nymphs.
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