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Updated February 03, 2009

Definition: In the general sense, arousal refers to a state of being awake, alert, and ready for action. More specifically, it can be used to refer to sexual arousal, which is a state of readiness for sexual activity. It also can be used to describe states of alertness and readiness that are induced by psychoactive substances or addictive behaviors.
Pronunciation: a-row-zul
Also Known As: excitability
An amphetamine user is likely to experience a high level of arousal as a consequence of taking the drug.
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