low-grade

adjective \ ˈlō-ˈgrād \

Definition of low-grade

1 : of inferior grade or quality
2 : being near that extreme of a specified range which is lowest, least intense, least serious, or least competent
  • a low-grade fever
  • a low-grade infection

First Known Use of low-grade

1877

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LOW-GRADE Defined for English Language Learners

low-grade

Definition of low-grade for English Language Learners

  • : of poor quality

  • : not very strong or severe


Medical Dictionary

low-grade

adjective \ ˈlō-ˈgrād \

medical Definition of low-grade

: being near that extreme of a specified range which is lowest, least intense, or least competent
  • a low-grade fever
  • a low-grade infection
— compare high-grade


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