acuto-, acut-, acuti-, acu-, -cusis; also, agu-
(Latin: sharp, to sharpen; point; needle, pin)
2. Extremely severe and sharp; as an “acute pain”: Sharon had an acute headache.
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 intelligence.
4. Of great importance or consequence; crucial: The company had an acute lack of financial resources.
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2. Of the mental faculties: With ready or quick apprehension, with keen penetration, shrewdly.
3. Of things material: Sharply.
2. Of a disease or pain: Sharpness, keenness.
3. Of sounds: Shrillness, high pitch.
4. Of the senses or feelings: Keenness, quickness, sensitiveness.
During the processes of acutomanzias, the pins or needles are shaken and when they fall on a table covered with a light film of talcum-powder, their formations in the powder and their positions are studied for possible revelations about a person's future.
2. A fit of shivering, a chill; therefore, ague can refer to both chills and fevers.
3. Etymology: aigue entered English usage in the 14th century, having crossed the English channel from the Middle French aguë.
The word shares the same origin as acute. It comes from the Latin acutus, "sharp or pointed". A fievre aigue in French was a sharp, pointed, or acute fever.
2. A condition in which there is a cold fit or rigor of an intermittent fever; such as, a fever and ague.
2. Easily affected by or subject to fits of ague or a fit of shivering.
3. Shaking; quivering.
4. Chilly; somewhat cold or shivering; and so, having the qualities of an ague.
A feverish condition involving alternating hot, cold, and sweating stages; especially, as a symptom of malaria.
2. A reference to a condition whereby a person has chills or fits of shivering.