[ krit-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈkrɪt ɪ kəl /


Origin of critical

First recorded in 1580–90; critic + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM critical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for criticality

  • Jack could have spitted anybody for coming to disturb him at such a criticality.

    The Ned M'Keown Stories|William Carleton

British Dictionary definitions for criticality (1 of 2)

/ (ˌkrɪtɪˈkælɪtɪ) /


the state of being critical
physics the condition in a nuclear reactor when the fissionable material can sustain a chain reaction by itself

British Dictionary definitions for criticality (2 of 2)

/ (ˈkrɪtɪkəl) /


Derived forms of critical

critically, adverbcriticalness, noun
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Medicine definitions for criticality

[ krĭtĭ-kəl ]


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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