Glossary

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Tachyphylaxis -  Decreased response of a patient to a drug that was previously effective.
Testis -  One of two male reproductive organs that are located within the scrotum and produce testosterone and sperm.
Testoderm -  Topical (patch) form of testosterone for testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone
Testosterone -  The male hormone; it is responsible for secondary sex characteristics, such as hair growth and voice change. It is also the key hormone involved in sexual desire (libido).
Tissue -  Specific type of material in the body, e.g., muscle, hair.
Transdermal -  Entering through the skin, as in administration of a drug applied to the skin in an ointment, gel, or patch form.
Transrectal -  Through the rectum.
Transrectal ultrasound -  Visualization of the prostate by the use of an ultrasound probe placed into the rectum.
Transurethral prostatectomy (TURP) -  A surgical technique performed under anesthesia using a specialized instrument that allows the surgeon to remove the prostatic tissue that is bulging into the urethra and blocking the flow of urine through the urethra. After a TURP, a rim of prostatic tissue remains.
Trazodone -  A psychiatric medication that has been reported to cause priapism. Studies using trazodone for the treatment of erectile dysfunction are conflicting. Currently, trazodone is not believed to be a reliable therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Tumescence -  Condition of being tumid or swollen; with respect to erections, penile rigidity.
Tunica albuginea -  Dense, fibrous, elastic sheath enclosing the corpora cavernosa in the penis. Compression of small veins against the tunica albuginea during erection holds back outflow of blood from the corpora, causing the penis to be rigid.