erectility /i rek til"i tee, ee'rek-/, n.
/i rek"tl, -til, -tuyl/, adj.
1. capable of being erected or set upright.
2. Anat. capable of being distended with blood and becoming rigid, as tissue.
[1820-30; < F érectile. See ERECT, -ILE]

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  • Erectile — E*rect ile, a. [Cf. F. [ e]rectile.] 1. Capable of being erected; susceptible of being erected of dilated; as, erectile tissue. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to an erection[5]; as, erectile dysfunction. [PJC] {Erectile tissue} (Anat.), a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • erectile — 1830, from Fr. érectile, from L. erect , pp. stem of erigere (see ERECT (Cf. erect)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • erectile — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ able to become erect …   English terms dictionary

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  • erectile — adjective Date: 1830 1. of, relating to, or capable of undergoing physiological erection < erectile tissue > < erectile dysfunction > 2. capable of being raised to an upright position < the erectile quills of a porcupine > • erectility noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • erectile — Capable of erection. * * * erec·tile i rek təl, .tīl adj capable of being raised to an erect position esp CAVERNOUS (2) erec·til·i·ty .rek til ət ē n, pl ties * * * …   Medical dictionary

  • érectile — (é rè kti l ) adj. Terme d anatomie. Susceptible d érection. Tissu érectile, tissu qui devient roide, dur, gonflé par l afflux du sang dans ses vaisseaux. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Voy. érection …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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