erectile dysfunction

erectile dysfunction
inability in a male to obtain and/or maintain a penile erection to enable vaginal penetration for sexual intercourse. There are many causes and contributing factors; often a combination of physical causes and psychological factors is responsible for the condition. The physical causes include peripheral vascular disease, diabetes mellitus, certain medications, hypogonadism or other endocrine disorders, and anatomical abnormalities of the penis. Treatments, which range from oral medication (see sildenafil) and penile injections to penile prostheses, all work on the basis of increasing blood flow to the cavernous sinuses of the penis.

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  • erectile dysfunction — n chronic inability to achieve or maintain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse: impotence (2) abbr. ED * * * (ED) impotence (def. 2) …   Medical dictionary

  • Erectile dysfunction — Impotent redirects here. For the classification of poverty, see impotent poor. Erectile dysfunction Classification and external resources ICD 10 F52.2, N48.4 …   Wikipedia

  • erectile dysfunction — noun impotence resulting from a man s inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis • Syn: ↑male erecticle dysfunction, ↑ED • Hypernyms: ↑impotence, ↑impotency, ↑dysfunction, ↑disfunction …   Useful english dictionary

  • erectile dysfunction — /ərɛktaɪl dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən/ (say uhrektuyl dis fungkshuhn) noun a sexual dysfunction characterised by an inability to produce or maintain the erection of the penis …  

  • erectile dysfunction — difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection of the penis; impotence. * * * …   Universalium

  • erectile dysfunction — noun The inability of a man to obtain or sustain an erection. Abbreviation: ED Syn: impotence, brewers droop …   Wiktionary

  • erectile dysfunction — erec′tile dysfunc′tion n. pat difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection of the penis; impotence. Abbr.: ED …   From formal English to slang

  • erectile dysfunction — An inability to have an erection of the penis adequate for sexual intercourse. Also called impotence …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • Erectile — E*rect ile, a. [Cf. F. [ e]rectile.] 1. Capable of being erected; susceptible of being erected of dilated; as, erectile tissue. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to an erection[5]; as, erectile dysfunction. [PJC] {Erectile tissue} (Anat.), a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Erectile tissue — Erectile E*rect ile, a. [Cf. F. [ e]rectile.] 1. Capable of being erected; susceptible of being erected of dilated; as, erectile tissue. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to an erection[5]; as, erectile dysfunction. [PJC] {Erectile tissue} (Anat …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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