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Acute

Definition

Acute means sudden or severe. Acute symptoms appear, change, or worsen rapidly. It is the opposite of chronic.


Review Date: 10/20/2008
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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