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critical

1. Informal so seriously injured or ill as to be in danger of dying
2. Physics of, denoting, or concerned with a state in which the properties of a system undergo an abrupt change
3. go critical (of a nuclear power station or reactor) to reach a state in which a nuclear-fission chain reaction becomes self-sustaining

critical

[′krid·ə·kəl]
(nucleonics)
Capable of sustaining a chain reaction at a constant level.

critical

Essential for continued operations. In risk analysis, one classifies data by the degree of sensitivity and criticality. See sensitive and risk assessment.
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This focus is particularly evident in critical care units, where the technology, work flow, and unit design emphasize standard interventions aimed at the eradication of disease, often at the expense of more individualized and holistic healing practices.
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