Acute means sudden or severe. Acute symptoms appear, change, or worsen rapidly. It is the opposite of chronic.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Acute. www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acute. Accessed February 1, 2021.
Acute vs. chronic conditions - illustration
Acute vs. chronic conditions
Ruptured intracranial aneurysm - illustration
Ruptured intracranial aneurysm
Review Date: 10/10/2020
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