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acuity, acumen, acute
(uh KYOO uh tee) (noun
Related to "acute", with its sense of sharpness, acuity
is used with reference to any human faculty and applied to any of the five senses as well as of the mind: Senator Mathews is thought to be a man of great political acuity
There is no doubt that tiredness affects visual acuity.
(uh KYOO muhn) (noun
1. Mental sharpness, intelligence, sagacity: Susan Bretson is a woman who has considerable business and financial acumen.
2. Quickness in understanding and dealing with a situation; keen insight: The student contestant had the acumen to figure out which version of the homograph to spell correctly.
1. Having a sharp point: Angles of less than 90 degrees are called acute angles.
2. Extremely severe and sharp; such as, an intense pain: Tyrone is suffering from acute appendicitis.
3. Keenly perceptive or discerning, ingenious: Einstein is said to have been a man of uncommonly acute intelligence.
Megan's natural acumen in science suggested that she had an acute sense of smell and good visual acuity.
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acuto-, acut-, acuti-, acu-, -cusis; also, agu-
Confusing Words Clarified: Group A; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc.
acute (uh KYOOT) (adjective)
, more acute, most acute
1. Having a sharp point: Angles of less than 90 degrees are called acute
2. Extremely severe and sharp; as an “acute pain”: Sharon had an acute
Henry is suffering from acute appendicitis.
3. Keenly perceptive or discerning, ingenious; mentally quick, shrewd: Einstein is said to have been a man of uncommonly acute
4. Of great importance or consequence; crucial: The company had an acute
lack of financial resources.
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acute abdomen (s) (noun)
, acute abdomens (pl)
Any belly condition with severe pain as a result of inflammation, perforation, obstruction, or injury of the stomach area: A medical term for the quick onset of abdominal pain, a potential medical emergency due to an acute abdomen, may reflect a major problem with one of the organs in the abdomen, such as appendicitis (inflamed appendix), cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder), a perforated ulcer in the intestine, or a ruptured spleen, which is located on the left side of the abdomen near the stomach, filters blood, and serves as a major reservoir for blood.
acute angle (s) (noun)
, acute angles (pl)
An angle that is less than 90 degrees but more than 0 degrees: A right angle was talking to another angle: "Hi! You're acute angle
The other angle responded by saying: "Thanks for the compliment!"
A form of byssinosis occurring in those who return to work after a weekend or other time away, marked by tightness of the chest, wheezing, and cough.
1. Delirium of recent, rapid onset.
2. A suddenly appearing and severe delirium lasting for only a short time.
acute myocardial infarction (s) (noun)
, acute myocardial infarctions (pl)
An occurrence during a time when circulation to a region of the heart is obstructed and necrosis (death of tissue cells) is occurring: Known as a heart attack, acute myocardial infarction
is the sudden death of part of the heart muscle which is characterized, in most such conditions, by severe and unremitting chest pain.
Men are more likely to suffer acute myocardial infarctions attacks than women, smokers more than nonsmokers, and the children of those who have died of a heart attack are more likely to die from the same cause.
addisonian crisis, acute adrenocortical insufficiency, adrenocortical crisis, adrenal crisis
The syndrome which accompanies the acute onset or aggravation of Addison's
disease or other forms of adrenal insufficiency, resulting in lethargy,
fever, vascular collapse, and often death.
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Having a sharp tip or point; very perceptive and discerning; extremely severe or sharp. (1)
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An angle that has a measure of less than 90°.