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crisis

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noun cri·sis \ˈkrī-səs\

Medical Definition of crisis

plural cri·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1:  the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever; especially :  a sudden turn for the better (as sudden abatement in severity of symptoms or abrupt drop in temperature)—compare lysis 1

  2. 2:  a paroxysmal attack of pain, distress, or disordered function <tabetic crisis> <cardiac crisis>

  3. 3:  an emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person's life

  4. 4:  a psychological or social condition characterized by unusual instability caused by excessive stress and either endangering or felt to endanger the continuity of an individual or group; especially :  such a social condition requiring the transformation of cultural patterns and values





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