From Latin tentīgō (lust), from tendō (stretch).


tentigo (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Penile erection or tumescence; especially, pathological erection (priapism).
    • 1817, John Elliotson (translator), J. Fred. Blumenenbach (Latin author), The Institutions of Physiology, third Latin edition, second English edition, E. Cox and Son, page 284:
      The emission of semen is excited by its abundance in the vesicles and by sexual instinct: it is effected by the violent tentigo which prevents the course of the urine, and, as it were, throws the way open for the semen; by a kind of spasmodic contraction of the vesiculæ seminales, []
    • 1833, unnamed translators, James Gregory (Latin author), Conspectus Medicinæ Theoreticæ: Or, A View of the Theory of Medicine, Second Edition, Stirling & Kenneg, page 180:
      Sometimes an obstinate and painful erection takes place, either without appetite, or with great and insatiable desire. To this rare kind of disorder are given the several names, tentigo, priapism, satyriasis. [] that slighter tentigo that is often felt on awakening, by persons otherwise in the best health []
    • 1849 March 3, H. J. McDougall, “Researches on Involuntary Seminal Discharges, and the Disorders Attending Them”, in The Medical Times, Volume XIX, William S. Orr and Company, page 379:
      Moreover, Boerhaave proceeded further than the suspicions of these physicians led him, as he expressly denied that he had ever known true semen to be discharged without a venereal tentigo, either sleeping or waking; so that it must be a very extraordinary disease indeed, wherein this fluid is spontaneously discharged, or without any sensation.
    • 1912 August, Victor Robinson, translating and quoting Aretaeus, in “Aretaeus, the Forgotten Physician”, in Medical Review of Reviews, Volume 18, Number 8, page 521:
      It is an unrestrainable impulse to connection; but neither are they at all relieved by these embraces, nor is the tentigo soothed by many and repeated acts of sexual intercourse.

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From tendō (stretch).



tentīgō f (genitive tentīginis); third declension

  1. lecherousness, lust


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative tentīgō tentīginēs
Genitive tentīginis tentīginum
Dative tentīginī tentīginibus
Accusative tentīginem tentīginēs
Ablative tentīgine tentīginibus
Vocative tentīgō tentīginēs

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  • English: tentigo