emergency

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From Medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergens, present participle of emergo, equivalent to emerge +‎ -ency.

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emergency (plural emergencies)

  1. A situation which poses an immediate threat to human life or health and requires urgent assistance.
    Cardiac arrest is an emergency and if you find someone in cardiac arrest you should call 999 immediately.
  2. (Canada, US, often attributive) The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.
  3. (archaic) The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.

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