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Noun: exacerbation  ig,za-su(r)'bey-shun
  1. Action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse
    "the exacerbation of her condition resulted from lack of care";
    - aggravation
  2. Violent and bitter exasperation
    "his foolishness was followed by an exacerbation of their quarrel"

Derived forms: exacerbations

Type of: exasperation, intensification

Encyclopedia: Exacerbation