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Adjective: acute (acuter,acutest)  u'kyoot
  1. (medicine) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
    "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"
  2. Of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  3. Extremely sharp or severe
    "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance";
    - intense
  4. Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    "an acute observer of politics and politicians";
    - discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp
  5. Ending in a piercing point; pointed
    - acuate, sharp, needlelike
  6. Of critical importance and consequence
    "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"
Noun: acute  u'kyoot
  1. A mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
    - acute accent, ague

Derived forms: acuter, acutes, acutest

See also: critical, perceptive, pointed, sharp, subacute

Type of: accent, accent mark

Antonym: chronic, obtuse

Encyclopedia: Acute