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adj \ə-ˈkyüt\

Medical Definition of ACUTE

:  sensing or perceiving accurately, clearly, effectively, or sensitively <acute vision>
a :  characterized by sharpness or severity <acute pain> <an acute infection> b (1) :  having a sudden onset, sharp rise, and short course <an acute disease> <an acute inflammation>—compare chronic 2a (2) :  acute care <an acute hospital> c :  lasting a short time <acute experiments>
acute·ly adverb
acute·ness noun
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