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critical

[ krit-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈkrɪt ɪ kəl /
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adjective

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Origin of critical

First recorded in 1580–90; critic + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for critical

critical
/ (ˈkrɪtɪkəl) /

adjective

Derived forms of critical

critically, adverbcriticalness, noun
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Medical definitions for critical

critical
[ krĭtĭ-kəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to a medical crisis.
Being or relating to a grave physical condition especially of a patient.
Of or relating to the value of a measurement, such as temperature, at which an abrupt change in a chemical of physical quality, property, or state occurs.
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