[ UK /ɐkjˈuːt/ ]
[ US /əkˈjut/ ]
  1. extremely sharp or severe
    intense itching and burning
    felt acute annoyance
    acute pain
  2. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang
    frequent penetrative observations
    penetrating insight
    an acute observer of politics and politicians
    incisive comments
    icy knifelike reasoning
  3. ending in a sharp point
  4. of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  5. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
    acute patients
    acute appendicitis
    the acute phase of the illness
  6. of critical importance and consequence
    an acute (or critical) lack of research funds
  1. a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
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How To Use acute In A Sentence

  • Therefore, in the case of acute overdose, gastric lavage or induced emesis should be utilized to remove unabsorbed lithium.
  • The Chinese authorities remain acutely aware of Ai's complex and innovative heresy and in China, an "edgy" artist has to face greater challenges than mockery or dismissive critics. Ai Weiwei: The rebel who has suffered for his art
  • It stated further that “during radiation, patient had an acute left-sided hemiparesis requiring wheelchair at home.” Manifesting Michelangelo
  • The dangers for girls were especially acute: “It is estimated that two-thirds of the girls who appear before the Court charged with immorality owe their misfortune to influences derived directly from the movies, either from the pictures themselves or in the ‘picking up’ of male acquaintances at the theatre!” A Renegade History of the United States
  • The diagnosis of acute or chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer was determined using previously established criteria that incorporated symptoms, radiology, pathology, and serology.
  • This plant is useful for both acute and chronic respiratory diseases, including acute influenza, earache, sinusitis and sore throat.
  • Retreat into acute fast.
  • Of these, 250 are hospitalized as a result of acute complications, and approximately 100 die from cirrhosis, liver cancer, or fulminant hepatitis.
  • Instead of a crime-does-not-pay melodrama, the play became an acute study of marital and psychological disintegration
  • Early appendicectomy was first recommended and performed for non-perforated acute appendicitis in the 1880s.
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