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Definition of the adjective acute

What does acute mean as an attribute of a noun?

Acute is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more acute / acuter | most acute / acutest

  1. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
  2. extremely sharp or severe
    • examples: acute pain | felt acute annoyance
    • synonym of acute: intense
    • similar: sharp
  3. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  4. of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  5. ending in a sharp point
  6. of critical importance and consequence
    • example: an acute (or critical) lack of research funds
    • similar: critical

Alternative definition of the adjective acute


  1. See Urgent.
  2. See sensitive.
  3. Short, quick.
  4. [geometry] Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
  5. [geometry] Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.
  6. [botany, of leaves] With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
  7. [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).
  8. [medicine] Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
  9. [context: orthography, after a letter] Having an acute accent.

Definition of the adjective acute for high school students

    sharp, severe
    • example: Arnold could not walk because the pain in his foot was so acute.
    having keen insight
    • example: Because she was so acute, Libby instantly figured out how the magician pulled off his "magic".

The adjective acute is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the noun acute

What does acute mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acutes

  1. a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

Alternative definition of the noun acute


  1. [orthography] An acute accent.

Specialised definition of the noun acute

Glossary of sports

referring to pain which is sharp and intence (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb acute

What does acute mean as a doing word?


  1. [phonetics] To give an acute sound to.

Phrases with Acute

Phrases starting with the word Acute:

  1. Acute Dock
  2. acute angle
  3. Acute Sedge
  4. acute accent
  5. Acute Elimia
  6. acute-angled
  7. acute glaucoma
  8. acute leukemia
  9. Acute toxicity
  10. acute triangle
  11. acute gastritis
  12. acute glossitis
  13. Acute Spikerush
  14. Acute Barleysnail
  15. Acute Blindia Moss
  16. acute renal failure
  17. acute brain disorder

Phrases ending with the word Acute:

  1. To Acute
  2. Accent Acute

Other phrase containing the word Acute:

  1. Double acute accent

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acute

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Google previewChurchill Livingstone Medical Dictionary (2008)

by Chris Brooker

acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) 3 Figure A.3 Acupuncture ( reproduced from Zhu 2005 with permission).

Causes include a perforated viscera, acute appendicitis, diverticulitis or intestinal obstruction. acute confusional state ...

Google previewDictionary of Medical Sociology (1997)

by William C. Cockerham, Ferris Joseph Ritchey

ACUTE ILLNESS (DISEASE) ents, 1 percent are hemophilia patients, and the remaining 5 percent are from other or undetermined sources (Cockerham 1995). AIDS is a disease of particular interest to medical sociologists because it has ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

Acute leukemia is more common in males at almost every age, and this fact remains unexplained. A study was carried out in northeast peninsular ...

Google previewChurchill Livingstone Pocket Radiography and Medical Imaging Dictionary (2007)

by Chris Gunn

APD automated peritoneal dialysis APH ante partum haemorrhage APKD adult polycystic kidney disease ARDS acute respiratorydistress syndrome ARF acute renal failure, acute respiratory failure ARM artificial rupture of the membranes ...

Google previewHarty's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Peter Heasman, Giles McCracken

Acute a. Relatively shortlived abscess accompanied by painful local inflammation . Apical a. See periapicala. Blind a. An abscess without an external opening or draining sinus. Chronic a. One of slow development, mild inflammation, slow to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

The body's response to an area affected by trauma, infection, or invasion by a foreign substance; it may be either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the immediate defensive reaction to injury and is characterized by pain, heat, redness, ...

Google previewTaber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2017)

by Donald Venes

acute respiratory distress syndrome acute It is important that the acupuncturist use sterile or disposable needles and that care be taken to prevent puncturing adjacent organs. acute (a ̆-ku ̄t) [L. acutus, sharp, sharpened] 1. Of pain, sharp ...

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Quotes about Acute

Suffering is none the less acute and much more lasting when it is put into words. (Evelyn Waugh)
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Scrabble value of A1C3U1T1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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