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Dictionary Definition:

characterized by sharpness or severity of sudden onset

acute pain


of rapid onset and relatively short duration

acute illness

 see also acute disease


being, providing, or requiring short-term medical care (as for acute disease or traumatic injury)

acute hospitals

an acute patient


lasting a short time

acute experiments
~ merriam-webster

Elizabeth's take on this term...

Sudden, severe symptoms of short duration. As in acute inflammation.

As opposed to chronic symptoms, which last and last.

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