Exacerbation



[ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas-] /ɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-/

verb (used with object), exacerbated, exacerbating.
1.
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
2.
to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.
/ɪɡˈzæsəˌbeɪt; ɪkˈsæs-/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
2.
to exasperate or irritate (a person)
n.

c.1400, from Late Latin exacerbationem (nominative exacerbatio), noun of action from past participle stem Latin exacerbare “exasperate, irritate, provoke,” from ex- “thoroughly” (see ex-) + acerbus “harsh, bitter,” from acer “sharp, keen” (see acrid).
v.

1650s, a back-formation from exacerbation or else from Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare (see exacerbation). Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating.

exacerbation ex·ac·er·ba·tion (ĭg-zās’ər-bā’shən)
n.
An increase in the severity of a disease or in any of its signs or symptoms.
ex·ac’er·bate’ v.

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