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See also: acuté
- 1 English
- 2 Asturian
- 3 Dutch
- 4 Italian
- 5 Latin
- His need for medical attention was acute.
- She had an acute sense of honor. Eagles have very acute vision.
- Short, quick, brief.
2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, “Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, in American Scientist:
- Surprisingly, this analysis revealed that acute exposure to solvent vapors at concentrations below those associated with long-term effects appears to increase the risk of a fatal automobile accident. Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.
- It was an acute event.
- (geometry) Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
- (geometry) Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.
- (botany, of leaves) With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
- (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).
- He dropped dead of an acute illness.
- (medicine) Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:
- Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
- The acute symptoms resolved promptly.
- (orthography, after a letter) Having an acute accent.
- The last letter of “café” is ‘e’ acute.
- High or shrill.
- an acute tone or accent
- (urgent): pressing, urgent, emergent, sudden
- (sensitive): intense, powerful, strong, sharp, keen
- (quick): fast, rapid
- (triangle): acute-angled
- (leaf shape): obtuse
- (sensitive): dull, witless, obtuse, slow
- (angle): obtuse
- (quick): slow, leisurely
- (triangle): obtuse, obtuse-angled
- (medicine: condition): chronic
geometry: of an angle
geometry: acute-angled — see acute-angled
botany: having an acute angle
medicine: of an abnormal condition
medicine: of a short-lived condition
orthography: letter with acute accent
acute (plural acutes)
- (orthography) An acute accent.
- The word “cafe” often has an acute over the ‘e’.
- A person who has the acute form of a disorder, such as schizophrenia.
acute accent — see acute accent
- (phonetics) To give an acute sound to.
- He acutes his rising inflection too much.
give an acute sound
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of