Meaning of ACUTE in English



(i) (disease) which comes on rapidly and can be dangerous; (ii) (pain) which is sharp and intense; she had an acute attack of shingles; he felt acute chest pains; after the acute stage of the illness had passed he felt very weak

acute abdomen = any serious condition of the abdomen which may require surgery

acute bed = hospital bed reserved for acute cases

(NOTE: the opposite is chronic)

English dictionary of medicine.      Английский словарь медицины.