Medical Dictionary


adj crit·i·cal \ˈkrit-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of CRITICAL

a :  relating to, indicating, or being the stage of a disease at which an abrupt change for better or worse may be anticipated with reasonable certainty <the critical phase of a fever> b :  being or relating to an illness or condition involving danger of death <critical care> <a critical head injury>
a :  of sufficient size to sustain a chain reaction—used of a mass of fissionable material b :  sustaining a chain reaction—used of a nuclear reactor
crit·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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