subacute

adjective
sub·​acute | \ ˌsəb-ə-ˈkyüt How to pronounce subacute (audio) \

Definition of subacute

1 : having a tapered but not sharply pointed form subacute leaves
2a : falling between acute and chronic in character especially when closer to acute subacute endocarditis
b : less marked in severity or duration than a corresponding acute state subacute pain

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Other Words from subacute

subacutely adverb

Examples of subacute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two people were waiting about 120 days for placement at Napa State Hospital, while 18 people were waiting for between five and 141 days for locked subacute treatment. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Mentally ill man moved from jail to treatment so health department ‘wouldn't have to appear’ in court," 26 Sep. 2019 Schnakers said part of the challenge is finding patients to participate in their experiments, even though California has about 125 subacute units housing more than 4,000 people on life support. Los Angeles Times, "For months, he lingered in a purgatory between wakefulness and nothingness," 22 Aug. 2019 Mandelman also supports more psych beds and more subacute treatment facilities for people well enough to leave psychiatric wards but who need additional care. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rafael Mandelman wants to take action on homeless problem," 9 June 2018 Her medical files are an encyclopedia of disorders and side effects: pancreatitis, acute and subacute necrosis of the liver, osteoporosis. Elizabeth Koh And Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "She's starving to death — and public health agencies can't or won't stop it | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of subacute

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Subacute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subacute. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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subacute

adjective
sub·​acute | \ ˌsəb-ə-ˈkyüt How to pronounce subacute (audio) \

Medical Definition of subacute

1 : falling between acute and chronic in character especially when closer to acute subacute endocarditis
2 : less marked in severity or duration than a corresponding acute state subacute pain

Other Words from subacute

subacutely adverb

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