Erectile tissue(Anat.), a tissue which is capable of being greatly dilated and made rigid by the distension of the numerous blood vessels which it contains.

(E`rec*til"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being erectile.

(E*rec"tion) n. [L. erectio: cf. F. érection.]

1. The act of erecting, or raising upright; the act of constructing, as a building or a wall, or of fitting together the parts of, as a machine; the act of founding or establishing, as a commonwealth or an office; also, the act of rousing to excitement or courage.

2. The state of being erected, lifted up, built, established, or founded; exaltation of feelings or purposes.

Her peerless height my mind to high erection draws up.

3. State of being stretched to stiffness; tension.

4. Anything erected; a building of any kind.

5. (Physiol.) The state of a part which, from having been soft, has become hard and swollen by the accumulation of blood in the erectile tissue.

(E*rect"ive) a. Making erect or upright; raising; tending to erect.

(E*rect"ly), adv. In an erect manner or posture.

(E*rect"ness), n. Uprightness of posture or form.

(E*rec"to-pat"ent) a.

1. (Bot.) Having a position intermediate between erect and patent, or spreading.

2. (Zoöl.) Standing partially spread and erect; — said of the wings of certain insects.

(E*rec"tor) n.

1. One who, or that which, erects.

2. (Anat.) A muscle which raises any part.

3. (Physics) An attachment to a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument, for making the image erect instead of inverted.

(Ere`long") adv. Before the apse of a long time; soon; — usually separated, ere long.

A man, . . . following the stag, erelong slew him.

The world, erelong, a world of tears must weep.

(||Er`e*ma*cau"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. quietly + burning, fr. to burn.] A gradual oxidation from exposure to air and moisture, as in the decay of old trees or of dead animals.

(Er"e*mit*age) n. See Hermitage.

(E*rect"er) n. An erector; one who raises or builds.

(E*rect"ile) a. [Cf. F. érectile.] Capable of being erected; susceptible of being erected of dilated.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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