the variant readings, footnotes, etc found in a scholarly work or a critical edition of a text Also called apparatus criticus
- Critical care
noun intensive care Examples They donated money to the critical care unit. Word Origin 1959 Usage Note medical
- Critical care unit
critical care unit n. Abbr. CCU See intensive care unit.
noun, Physics. 1. any of three constants associated with the critical point of a pure element or compound.
- Critical damping
noun 1. (physics) the minimum amount of viscous damping that results in a displaced system returning to its original position without oscillation Cc