noun. a transient roughness of the skin's surface due to contracting of the piloerector muscles, that elevate the hairs, and facilitated by cold, fear, or carnal or other arousal. Commonly referred to as goose bumps- goose flesh- goose pimples- goose skin.

PILOERECTION: "Piloerection is a normal skin response to stimulants."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PILOERECTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/piloerection/ (accessed September 19, 2021).