acuto-, acut-, acuti-, acu-, -cusis; also, agu-
(Latin: sharp, to sharpen; point; needle, pin)
2. Pretty, attractive; descriptive of a pleasing and youthful appearance: The doll that Lynn got for Christmas was so cute with big blue eyes, a large head with golden locks of hair, and the doll looked so innocent and fragile!
3. Etymology: cute was originally a shortened form of acute in the sense of being "keenly perceptive or discerning, shrewd".
It is considered likely that cute came to be used as a term of praise, or approval, for things that demonstrated "acuteness", and so it went on to develop its own sense of being "attractive" and "fetching".
Deafness is not the only danger of noise exposure of hyperacusia, in fact stress causes some 45,000 fatal heart attacks a year in the developing world, according to researcher Dieter Schwela of the Stockholm Environment Institute.2. Increased sharpness of hearing or a condition that exists when sounds are perceived as abnormally loud: Although Caroline always wanted to attend a live concert with her favorite band, she was advised not to do so because of the hyperacusia in her ears which would make going to the concert a terribly painful experience.
2. In medicine, an obsolete term for the severe form of malarial paroxysm: Shaking ague can be a violent attack of sickness which may be due to the sudden occurrence of symptoms, or the acute exacerbation, or the abrupt worsening, of preexisting symptoms.
A subacute ailment may be identified or discovered with a laboratory test or radiologic examination.
The term subacute is used in contrast to "acute", which indicates "a very sudden onset or a rapid change", and "chronic" that indicates "an indefinite period of time or no change".
In ancient Greece, the "father of medicine", Hippocrates, distinguished diseases that were "acute" (abrupt, sharp and brief) from those that were "chronic" (sn illness or pain which is serious and that lasts for a long time). His diagnosis is still being applied in these modern times.
Subacute has been coined to designate the mid-ground between acute and chronic.
Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "sour, sharp": acerb-; aceto-; acid-; acies- (not "sour"); oxy-; pung- (not "sour").