Sexual DictionaryDictionary of the F-Word
impotency:Or: impotence , the inability to achieve or maintain enough stiffness in the penis to penetrate the vagina and have intercourse resulting in ejaculation . Impotence affects approximately 30 million American men.
The medical profession once made the following distinction:
-- impotentia coeundi = the inability to perform sexual-intercourse ;
-- impotentia erigendi = the inability to have and sustain as erection;
-- impotentia generandi = the inability to procreate; sterility.
Synonym: invirility . Health professionals today prefer the following synonyms: erectile-difficulty ; erectile disorder; erectile-dysfunction ; erectile inhibition .
See Also: impotence
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