Meaning of priapism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈprʌɪəpɪz(ə)m/


mass nounMedicine
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certain medical conditions that cause the blood to thicken, or cause red blood cells to lose their flexibility and mobility may cause priapism.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English via late Latin from Greek priapismos, from priapizein ‘be lewd’, from Priapos (Greek form of Priapus).