Acute means sudden. Acute symptoms appear, change, or worsen rapidly. It is the opposite of chronic.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Acute. www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acute. Accessed January 17, 2023.BACK TO TOP
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