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

Other Words from subacute

subacutely adverb

Examples of subacute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evans, who works in a subacute unit for long-term care patients on ventilators, said there have been times when her unit hasn’t had enough towels, wipes and diapers for patients. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 June 2022 Doctors often categorize medical conditions as acute, subacute, or chronic. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of subacute

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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