Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness that is of short duration, rapidly progressive, and in need of urgent care.
Acute Disease: An acute disease is a disease with either a rapid onset or a short duration, or both. Acute is NOT synonymous with ‘severe’. cf. Chronic
Acute Myocardial Infarction: Definition of a heart attack. Also known as an acute myocardial infarction.
Acute Toxicity: The ability of a substance to cause harmful effects soon after a single exposure or dose. Also, any severe poisonous effect resulting from a single short-term exposure to a toxic substance. . . . View Full Definition
Acute Accent: A diacritical mark indicating primary stress.
Acute Angle: An angle that is less than 90 degrees.
Acute Schizophrenia: (a-cute skiz-o-fre-ne-ah) The height of symptoms of schizophrenia.
Acute Exposure: Contact with a substance that occurs once or for only a short time (up to 14 days) [compare with intermediate duration exposure and chronic exposure].
Acute Dystonia: An extrapyramidal symptom caused by some antipsychotics which takes the form of involuntary twisting of the muscles in the head and neck. Features include involuntary tongue protrusion, grim . . . View Full Definition
Organophosphates: Insecticides that contain phosphorus, carbon, and hydrogen. They are cholinesterase inhibitors: some are highly acutely toxic, but they usually are not persistent in the environment. Parathi . . . View Full Definition