Definition of erectile in English:

erectile

adjective

  • 1Able to become erect.

    ‘erectile spines’
    • ‘This drug increases the flow of blood in the erectile organ which enhances the chances for a much better erection.’
    • ‘Also distinguished by their long, erectile, iridescent tail feathers, which they spread at every opportunity’
    • ‘Threespine sticklebacks are laterally compressed, fusiform shaped fish with three sharp, erectile spines at the forward part of the dorsal fin.’
    • ‘Its blood-filled organ, encased in collagen, is remarkably similar in structure to the mammalian erectile penis.’
    • ‘Tadalafil relaxes the blood vessels and the muscles which are present in the erectile organ.’
    1. 1.1Denoting tissues that are capable of becoming of temporarily engorged with blood, particularly those of the penis or other sexual organs.
    2. 1.2Relating to the capability of the penis or other sexual organs to become erect.
      ‘men with erectile dysfunction’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

erectile

/əˈrektl//əˈrekˌtīl/