psychic impotence

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psy·chic im·po·tence

that caused by psychological factors.
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, impotency (im'po-tens, im'po-ten-se) [? + potentia, power]
A weakness, esp. pert. to the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection. Synonym: erectile dysfunction See: penile prosthesis; sex therapy; sexual dysfunction; sexual stimulant


Sildenafil, alprostadil, and several other drugs are used to treat erectile dysfunction. Penile vacuum pumps and penile prostheses are among the nonpharmacological alternatives.

anatomical impotence

Impotence caused by a genital defect.

atonic impotence

Impotence resulting from paralysis of nerves supplying the penis.

functional impotence

Impotence not due to an organic or anatomical defect; usually of psychogenic origin. The individual may experience impotence with one or more sexual partners, but not with others.

neurogenic impotence

Impotence due to central nervous system lesions, paraplegia, or diabetic neuropathy.

pharmacological impotence

Erectile dysfunction due to the side effects of certain drugs and medications (e.g., alcohol, cytotoxic agents, barbiturates, beta blockers, marijuana, cimetidine, clonidine, guanethidine, immunosuppressives, lithium, opiates, phenothiazine, some antihypertensive agents, some diuretics, antidepressants, and anticholinergics).

psychic impotence

Psychogenic impotence.

psychogenic impotence

Impotence caused by emotional factors rather than organic disease.
Synonym: psychic impotence

vasculogenic impotence

Impotence due to an inadequate supply of arterial blood to the corpora cavernosa of the penis.
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