impotence, impotency


impotence, impotency
1. Weakness; lack of power. 2. Specifically, inability of the male to achieve and/or maintain penile erection and thus engage in copulation; a manifestation of neurologic, vascular, or psychological dysfunction. [L. impotentia, inability, fr. in- neg. + potentia, power]
- psychic i. that caused by psychologic factors.
- vasculogenic i. i. due to alterations in the flow of blood to and from the penis.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • impotence — n. pl. impotencies [im′pə təns] n. [OFr < L impotentia] the quality or condition of being impotent: also impotency n. impotencies …   English World dictionary

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  • impotency — impotent ► ADJECTIVE 1) helpless or powerless. 2) (of a man) abnormally unable to achieve an erection or orgasm. DERIVATIVES impotence noun impotency noun impotently adverb …   English terms dictionary