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acute

1. Maths
a. (of an angle) less than 90°
b. (of a triangle) having all its interior angles less than 90°
2. of a disease
a. arising suddenly and manifesting intense severity
b. of relatively short duration
3. (of a hospital, hospital bed, or ward) intended to accommodate short-term patients with acute illnesses

acute

[ə′kyüt]
(biology)
Ending in a sharp point.
(medicine)
Referring to a disease or disorder of rapid onset, short duration, and pronounced symptoms.
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Noting the acuteness of the situation, the unfortunate driver followed the example of his RIO and ejected.
Their burgeoning relationship makes Matt happy which dulls his sensory acuteness, so he eats even less, trying to keep his edge.
The acuteness of symptoms can be influenced by pollen levels, rainfall, the wind and a variety of other factors.
The timing and severity of an allergy season vary from country to country and the acuteness of symptoms can be influenced by pollen levels, rainfall, the wind and a variety of other factors.
leads the world in prison population, both in total number and per-capita, yet lags well behind many other nations in terms of reintegrating ex-cons back into civilian life--a lack "The Return" illustrates with particular acuteness. Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway's documentary follows men released after the recent reform of the 1994 California "Three Strikes" law, under which they had been given virtual life sentences, frequently for petty crimes.
Mental awareness, freshness and acuteness are addressed as well.
The acuteness of the shock in the fourth quarter resulted in a trade deficit of $2.39 billion, due to the sharp decline in hydrocarbon exports versus a surplus of $2.98 billion in the first three quarters ($5.94 billion in the first three quarters of 2013).
Categorically bioterrorism agents can be divided into three categories depending upon the severity and acuteness of its assaults.
To return from Europe to the United States, as I did recently, is to be struck by the crumbling infrastructure, the paucity of public spaces, the conspicuous waste (of food and energy above all), the dirtiness of cities and the acuteness of their poverty.
The acuteness of the shock in the fourth quarter resulted in trade deficit of $2.39 billion, due to the sharp decline in hydrocarbon exports versus a surplus of $2.98 billion in the first three quarters ($5.94 billion in the first three quarters of 2013).
This progressive ascent of the larynx has been considered to influence the gradual augmentation of the acuteness of the tones, since this ascent effects the progressive shortening of the vocal tube.
"The recent numbers from the eurozone have suggested that the acuteness of the crisis has eased but there remains more work to be done."