subacute

adjective sub·acute \ ˌsəb-ə-ˈkyüt \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of subacute

1 : having a tapered but not sharply pointed form
  • subacute leaves
2 a : 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

subacutely

adverb

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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 \

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

subacutely

adverb

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