[ uh-kyoot-kair ]
/ əˈkyutˈkɛər /
adjective (of a hospital)
providing emergency services and general medical and surgical treatment for acute disorders rather than long-term residential care for chronic illness.
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- acute situational reaction,
- acute stress disorder,
- acute trypanosomiasis,
- acute tuberculosis,
- acute yellow atrophy of liver,
Origin of acute-care
First recorded in 1975–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for acute-care
Your loved one cannot be cured in an acute-care hospital but is not ready for hospice.