Definition of erectile in English:


Syllabification: e·rec·tile
Pronunciation: /iˈrektl, -ˌtīl


  • 1Able to become erect: erectile spines
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    • Threespine sticklebacks are laterally compressed, fusiform shaped fish with three sharp, erectile spines at the forward part of the dorsal fin.
    • Also distinguished by their long, erectile, iridescent tail feathers, which they spread at every opportunity
    • Its blood-filled organ, encased in collagen, is remarkably similar in structure to the mammalian erectile penis.
  • 1.1Denoting tissues that are capable of becoming of temporarily engorged with blood, particularly those of the penis or other sexual organs.
  • 1.2Relating to the capability of the penis or other sexual organs to become erect: men with erectile dysfunction


mid 19th century: from French érectile, from Latin erigere 'set up' (see erect).

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