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arousal

noun arous·al \ ə-ˈrau̇-zəl \

medical Definition of arousal

1 a :the act of arousing
  • arousal from sleep
b :the state of being aroused; specifically :responsiveness to stimuli
  • … cells of the locus coeruleus, a brain center involved in maintaining attention and arousal
  • Science20 June 1986
2 :a state of physiological and psychological excitation caused by sexual contact or other erotic stimulation
  • Studies show 60% of patients taking the drugs experience some form of sexual dysfunction, ranging from loss of desire to problems with arousal
  • —Tara Parker-PopeThe Wall Street Journal16 Mar. 2001

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