acute abdomen n.
A serious condition within the abdomen characterized by sudden onset, pain, tenderness, and muscular rigidity, and usually requiring emergency surgery. Also called surgical abdomen.
- Acute adrenocortical insufficiency
acute adrenocortical insufficiency acute adrenocortical insufficiency n. A severe phase or attack of a chronic adrenocortical disorder such as Addison’s disease, characterized by insufficient amounts of the adrenocortical hormones and resulting in nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, and life-threatening imbalances in electrolytes. Also called addisonian crisis, adrenal crisis.
- Acute accent
noun the diacritical mark (´), used in the writing system of some languages to indicate that the vowel over which it is placed has a special quality (as in French été) or that it receives the strongest stress in the word (as in Spanish hablé) Historical Examples On many of the transcriptions used in this […]
- Acute african sleeping sickness
acute african sleeping sickness acute African sleeping sickness n. See Rhodesian trypanosomiasis.
- Acute alcoholism
acute alcoholism acute alcoholism n. See alcoholism. Historical Examples Another mental disturbance of acute alcoholism is delirium tremens, which is inexactly called mania a potu by some writers. Essays In Pastoral Medicine Austin Malley It is a form of acute alcoholism seen in persons with a strong hereditary tendency to drink. The New Gresham Encyclopedia […]
- Acute angle
acute angle acute angle An angle whose measure is between 0° and 90°. Compare obtuse angle. Historical Examples The wind roared and shrieked in its wild fury, and such was its force that I fell in an acute angle. The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat At the bottom of the falls the river turns […]