Erectile Dysfunction FAQs Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Antidepressants: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as pa...

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Benign: Not malignant. A benign tumor is one that does not invade surrounding tissue or sp...

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia: A common, noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. Th...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Blurred vision: Lack of sharpness of vision with, as a result, the inability to see fine d...

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Board certified: In medicine, a description for a physician who has taken and passed a med...

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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Caffeine: A stimulant compound found naturally in coffee, tea, cocoa (chocolate), and kola...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Circulation: In medicine, the movement of fluid through the body in a regular or circuitou...

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Congestion: An abnormal or excessive accumulation of a body fluid. The term is used broadl...

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Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way...

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Diabetes: Refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mell...

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Dysfunction: Difficult function or abnormal function.

Ecstasy: 1. A state of rapture and trancelike elation.
2. A street nam...

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Ejaculation: Ejection of sperm and seminal fluid during an orgasm in a male.

Enzyme: Proteins that speeds up the rate of a chemical reaction in a living organism. An e...

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Erectile dysfunction: A consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual ...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart disease: Any disorder that affects the heart. Sometimes the term "heart disease" is ...

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High blood pressure: A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. Chro...

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Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Hyperplasia: An increase in the number of normal cells in a tissue or an organ. Hyperplasi...

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Implant: 1. To embed; to set in firmly. In embryology, the fertilized egg implants ...

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Impotence: A common problem among men characterized by the consistent inability to sustai...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Insomnia: The perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep due to a number ...

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Lethargy: Abnormal drowsiness, stupor.

Libido: 1. Sexual drive. 2. In psychoanalysis, the psychic energy from all ...

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Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Nasal: Having to do with the nose.

Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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Orgasm: A series of muscle contractions in the genital region that is accompanied by sudde...

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Penile: Of or pertaining to the penis.

Penis: The external male sex organ. The penis contains two chambers, the corpora cavernosa...

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Peripheral: Situated away from the center, as opposed to centrally located.

Peripheral nervous system: The portion of the nervous system that is outside the brain and...

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Premature ejaculation: Ejecting semen from the penis, usually accompanied by orgasm, occur...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Priapism: Abnormally persistent erection of the penis in the absence of desire. Treatments...

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Prostate: A gland within the male reproductive system that is located just below the blad...

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Prostate cancer: A malignant tumor of the prostate, the gland that produces some of the co...

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Prosthesis: An artificial replacement of a part of the body, such as a tooth, a facial bon...

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Prosthetic: Referring to a prosthesis, an artificial substitute or replacement of a part o...

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Quality of life: The patient's ability to enjoy normal life activities. Quality of life is...

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Reservoir: 1. A place where something such as water is kept in reserve.
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Rule out: Term used in medicine, meaning to eliminate or exclude something from considera...

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Scrotum: The pouch of skin that contains the testes, epididymides, and lower portions of t...

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Smooth muscle: Along with skeletal and cardiac muscle, one of the types of muscle tissue i...

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Spine: 1) The column of bone known as the vertebral column, which surrounds and protects ...

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Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Tension: 1) The pressure within a vessel, such as blood pressure: the pressure within t...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Tobacco: A South American herb (Nicotiana tabacum) whose leaves contain 2 to 8 percent nic...

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Trigger: Something that either sets off a disease in people who are genetically predispose...

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Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Urologist: A physician who specializes in diseases of the urinary organs in females and th...

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Vascular: Relating to blood vessels. For example, the vascular system in the body includes...

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Vitamins: The word "vitamin" was coined in 1911 by the Warsaw-born biochemist Casimir Funk...

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