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acute

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adjective \ə-ˈkyüt\

Medical Definition of acute

  1. 1:  sensing or perceiving accurately, clearly, effectively, or sensitively <acute vision>

  2. 2a:  characterized by sharpness or severity of sudden onset <acute pain brought on by injury> <an acute infection>b (1):  having a sudden onset, sharp rise, and short course <acute illness> <an acute inflammation>—compare chronic 2a (2):  acute care <an acute hospital>c:  lasting a short time <acute experiments>

acutely adverb
acuteness noun




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