Definition of priapism in English:


Syllabification: pri·a·pism
Pronunciation: /ˈprīəˌpizəm


  • Persistent and painful erection of the penis.
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    • Another important genitourinary problem is priapism: a painful, persistent erection due to vaso-occlusive obstruction of the venous drainage of the penis.
    • Trazodone has been associated with priapism - persistent, usually painful erections not associated with sexual arousal.
    • Although priapism can occur at any age, it is most common in men 20 to 50 years of age.


late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek priapismos, from priapizein 'be lewd', from Priapos (see Priapus).

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