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English definition of “acute”

acute

adjective (EXTREME)   /əˈkjut/
very serious, extreme, or severe: The area has an acute water shortage. In medicine, acute describes severe conditions, illnesses, or injuries that need immediate care: Not all hospitals can provide acute care.
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