A disease or disorder that lasts a short time, comes on rapidly, and is accompanied by distinct symptoms. (Compare chronic disease.)
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Why Exposure Is Our 2014 Word Of The YearIn 2014, the Ebola virus, widespread theft of personal information, and shocking acts of violence and brutality dominated the news. Vulnerability and visibility were at the core of the year’s most notable headlines. Encapsulating those themes, Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year for 2014 is exposure. The word exposure entered English in the early 1600s to refer to a state of being without shelter or protection. …
- acute brachial radiculitis,
- acute brain disorder,
- acute bulbar poliomyelitis,
- acute compression triad,
- acute contagious conjunctivitis,
- acute disseminated encephalomyelitis,
- acute dose,
- acute epidemic leukoencephalitis,
- acute glaucoma,
- acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis
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