priapism

noun pri·a·pism \ ˈprī-ə-ˌpi-zəm \

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)


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priapism

noun pri·a·pism \ ˈprī-ə-ˌpiz-əm \

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

Pri*a*pus play \prī-ˈā-pəs\ 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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