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Acute is an adjective used medically to describe:

  • a condition of swift onset or progression e.g. acute epiglottitis
  • a condition which results in symptoms or signs which are severe e.g. acute abdomen
  • a condition that typically has a relatively short duration e.g. acute inflammation

It should be contrasted with the adjective chronic.

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