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impotence

noun [U] uk   /ˈɪm.pə.təns/ us    /-t̬əns/

impotence noun [U] (LACK OF POWER)

lack of power to change or improve a situation: political impotence a sense of impotence

impotence noun [U] (SEXUAL PROBLEM)

specialized medical a medical condition in which a man cannot have sex because his penis cannot become hard or stay hard: Men sometimes suffer from impotence after a serious illness. specialized medical a medical condition in which a man is unable to have children
Translations of “impotence”
in Chinese (Traditional) 無力量, 無能力…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无力量, 无能力…
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