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General: What does Acute mean?

Acute, in medical terminology, means early or at once. For example an acute inflammation means swelling, redness and pain which occurs within 1-2 days of an injury or an infection. The illustration shows the inside of a boy's knee which had become acutely inflammed because of a cactus spine.

In normal English usage "acute" may mean severe. See dictionary

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