One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Persistent and painful erection of the penis.
- ‘Another important genitourinary problem is priapism: a painful, persistent erection due to vaso-occlusive obstruction of the venous drainage of the penis.’
- ‘Erectile dysfunction drugs also can cause a rare condition called priapism, in which an erection does not go away, which can cause permanent damage to penis tissue.’
- ‘Certain medical conditions that cause the blood to thicken, or cause red blood cells to lose their flexibility and mobility may cause priapism.’
- ‘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 (Greek form of Priapus).
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