Definitions for erectionɪˈrɛk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•rec•tionɪˈrɛk ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of erecting.

  2. the state of being erected.

  3. something erected.

  4. a distended and rigid state of an organ or part containing erectile tissue, esp. the penis. an instance of this or a part or tissue in this state.

    Category: Physiology

Origin of erection:

1495–1505; < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. erection, hard-on(noun)

    an erect penis

  2. erection(noun)

    a structure that has been erected

  3. erecting, erection(noun)

    the act of building or putting up


  1. erection(Noun)

    The act of building or putting up or together of something; construction.

  2. erection(Noun)

    A penis or clitoris that has become rigid.

  3. erection(Noun)

    Anything erected or built.

  4. erection(Noun)

    The physiological process by which a penis becomes erect by being engorged with blood.

  5. Origin: From erectio, noun of action from perfect passive participle erectus, from verb erigere, from prefix e- + regere, + action suffix -io.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Erection(noun)

    the act of erecting, or raising upright; the act of constructing, as a building or a wall, or of fitting together the parts of, as a machine; the act of founding or establishing, as a commonwealth or an office; also, the act of rousing to excitement or courage

  2. Erection(noun)

    the state of being erected, lifted up, built, established, or founded; exaltation of feelings or purposes

  3. Erection(noun)

    state of being stretched to stiffness; tension

  4. Erection(noun)

    anything erected; a building of any kind

  5. Erection(noun)

    the state of a part which, from having been soft, has become hard and swollen by the accumulation of blood in the erectile tissue


  1. Erection

    An erection is a physiological phenomenon of the male genitalia of many species, in which the penis becomes firmer, engorged and enlarged. Penile erection is the result of a complex interaction of psychological, neural, vascular and endocrine factors, and is usually, though not exclusively, associated with sexual arousal or sexual attraction. The shape, angle and direction of an erection varies considerably in humans. Physiologically, erection is triggered by the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system, causing nitric oxide levels to rise in the trabecular arteries and smooth muscle of the penis. The arteries dilate causing the corpora cavernosa of the penis to fill with blood; simultaneously the ischiocavernosus and bulbospongiosus muscles compress the veins of the corpora cavernosa restricting the egress and circulation of this blood. Erection subsides when parasympathetic activity reduces to baseline. As an autonomic response, erection may result from a variety of stimuli, including sexual stimulation and sexual arousal, and is therefore not entirely under conscious control. Erection during sleep or upon waking up are known as nocturnal penile tumescence. Absence of nocturnal erection is commonly used to distinguish between physical and psychological causes of erectile dysfunction and impotence.

Anagrams of erection

  1. neoteric

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