Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Persistent, usually painful erection of the penis, especially as a consequence of disease and not related to sexual arousal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A painful and potentially harmful medical condition in which the erect penis (erection) does not return to its flaccid state (despite the absence of both physical and psychological stimulation), often as a result of a spinal injury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. More or less permanent erection and rigidity of the penis, with or without sexual desire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Morbidly persistent erection and rigidity of the penis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. condition in which the penis is continually erect; usually painful and seldom with sexual arousal

Etymologies

French priapisme, from Late Latin priāpismus, from Greek priāpismos, from priāpizein, to have an erection, from Priāpos, Priapus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin priapismus, from Ancient Greek, from Priapus the god of procreation, the penis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Symptoms include immediate pain, cold sweats, heart irregularities and in men, an erect and painful penis for possibly four hours, known as "priapism," is considered a medical emergency.

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  • The man had been suffering from a problem called priapism †"triggered by a peripheral nervous system disorder.

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