Definition of corpus cavernosum in English:

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corpus cavernosum

Pronunciation: /ˌkôrpəs ˌkavərˈnōsəm/

noun (plural corpora cavernosa /-ˈnōsə/)

Either of two masses of erectile tissue forming the bulk of the penis and the clitoris.
Example sentences
  • Sildenafil, the first oral drug marketed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, relaxes smooth muscle in the corpora cavernosa, enabling erection during arousal.
  • Eleven patients had an accessory vessel in the corpus cavernosum arising from the dorsal penile artery.
  • However, at this point in time robust registration of fast and small changes in the corpus cavernosum smooth muscle action potential is not possible.


From corpus and Latin cavernosum, neuter of cavernosus 'containing hollows'.

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Syllabification: cor·pus ca·ver·no·sum

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