What does the word acute mean?

  • A disease which, with a certain degree of severity, has a rapid progress, and short duration, is said to be "acute. "-Oxynose'ma, Oxyn'osos, Oxynu'sos. Diseases were formerly subdivided into Morbi acutis'simi, very acute, or those which last only three or four days: M. subacutis'simi, which continue seven days: and M. subacu'ti, or those which last from twenty to forty days. The antithesis to acute is chronic. Acute, when applied to pain, sound, cries, &c., means sharp.

  • 1. Sharp. 2. Clever. 3. Of short and sharp course, not chronic; said of a disease.

  • Active; energetic; quick; short.

Usage examples for acute

  1. The pain I had experienced earlier in the day grew less acute, and at last I also fell asleep. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  2. Of course I did know very well, but here, in an acute form, arose the ancient question: Were we to perish for the sake of certain individuals in whom we had no great interest and whom we could not save by remaining with them? – Allan and the Holy Flower by H. Rider Haggard
  3. The need for funds became gradually more acute. – McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 by Cyrus Macmillan

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