e·rec·tile (ĭ-rĕktəl, -tīl′)
1. Capable of being raised to an upright position.
2. Anatomy Of or relating to tissue that is capable of filling with blood and becoming rigid.
e·rec·tili·ty (-tĭlĭ-tē) n.
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