Definition of Acute

1. Noun. A mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation.

Exact synonyms: Acute Accent, Ague
Generic synonyms: Accent, Accent Mark

2. Adjective. Having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course. "Acute patients"
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Similar to: Subacute
Antonyms: Chronic

3. Adjective. Extremely sharp or intense. "Intense itching and burning"
Exact synonyms: Intense
Similar to: Sharp

4. Adjective. Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions. "Frequent penetrative observations"

5. Adjective. Of an angle; less than 90 degrees.
Antonyms: Obtuse

6. Adjective. Ending in a sharp point.
Exact synonyms: Acuate, Needlelike, Sharp
Similar to: Pointed
Derivative terms: Acuteness, Sharp, Sharpness

7. Adjective. Of critical importance and consequence. "An acute (or critical) lack of research funds"
Similar to: Critical

Definition of Acute

1. a. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.

2. v. t. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.

Definition of Acute

1. Adjective. Urgent. ¹

2. Adjective. sensitive ¹

3. Adjective. Short, quick. ¹

4. Adjective. (geometry) Of an angle, less than 90 degrees. ¹

5. Adjective. (geometry) Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees. ¹

6. Adjective. (botany of leaves) With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both. ¹

7. Adjective. (medicine) Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden onset, in contrast to delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity (unlike the common usage). ¹

8. Adjective. (medicine) Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity. ¹

9. Adjective. (context: orthography after a letter) Having an acute accent. ¹

10. Noun. (orthography) An acute accent. ¹

11. Verb. (phonetics) To give an acute sound to. ¹

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Definition of Acute

1. marked by sharpness or severity [adj ACUTER, ACUTEST] : ACUTELY [adv] / a type of accent mark [n -S]

Medical Definition of Acute

1. 1. Sharp, poignant. 2. Having a short and relatively severe course. Origin: L. Acutus = sharp (18 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Acute

acute (current term)
acute-angled triangle
acute-angled triangles
acute-phase protein
acute-phase reaction
acute African sleeping sickness
acute abdomen
acute abscess
acute accent
acute accents
acute adrenal crisis
acute adrenocortical insufficiency
acute alcoholism
acute angle

Literary usage of Acute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(b) acute Arthritis For a long time, acute rheumatism was the name applied to any acute arthropathy not traumatic or gouty in its origin, but gradually the ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: designed for the use of by William Osler (1892)
"In children these fermentative processes are very apt to excite acute catarrh of the bowels as well. Another very common cause is1 the abuse of alcohol, ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1897)
"Facial paralysis in acute poliomyelitis is very rare indeed, a great deal rarer ... An acute febrile onset of multiple neuritis is occasionally observed, ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"I have analyzed the histories of all new patients seen between October 1, 1909, and March ], 1910, who came tome suffering from acute suppurative otitis ..."

5. The Surgical Clinics of North America by Robert E. Hermann, Avram M. Cooperman (1922)
"DANIEL FISKE JONES MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL acute PANCREATITIS "acute pancreatitis," the title of this paper, is not a good term, as the condition to ..."

6. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1922)
"Pathologic Physiology and Treatment of acute Blood Loss. Blood Regeneration After acute Blood Loss. The Effect of Transfusion on the Patient's Symptoms of ..."

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