[ krit-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈkrɪt ɪ kəl /
inclined to find fault or to judge with severity, often too readily.
occupied with or skilled in criticism.
involving skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.; judicial: a critical analysis.
of or relating to critics or criticism: critical essays.
providing textual variants, proposed emendations, etc.: a critical edition of Chaucer.
pertaining to or of the nature of a crisis: a critical shortage of food.
of decisive importance with respect to the outcome; crucial: a critical moment.
of essential importance; indispensable: a critical ingredient.
Medicine/Medical. (of a patient's condition) having unstable and abnormal vital signs and other unfavorable indicators, as loss of appetite, poor mobility, or unconsciousness.
- pertaining to a state, value, or quantity at which one or more properties of a substance or system undergo a change.
- (of fissionable material) having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction.
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crit·i·cal·ly, adverbcrit·i·cal·i·ty, crit·i·cal·ness, nounan·ti·crit·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·crit·i·cal·ly, adverb
an·ti·crit·i·cal·ness, nounhalf-crit·i·cal, adjectivehalf-crit·i·cal·ly, adverbhalf-crit·i·cal·ness, nounnon·crit·i·cal, adjectivenon·crit·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·crit·i·cal·ness, nounpost·crit·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·crit·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·crit·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-crit·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-crit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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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) /
containing or making severe or negative judgments
containing careful or analytical evaluationsa critical dissertation
of or involving a critic or criticism
of or forming a crisis; crucial; decisivea critical operation
urgently neededcritical medical supplies
informal so seriously injured or ill as to be in danger of dying
physics of, denoting, or concerned with a state in which the properties of a system undergo an abrupt changea critical temperature
go critical (of a nuclear power station or reactor) to reach a state in which a nuclear-fission chain reaction becomes self-sustaining
Derived Formscritically, adverbcriticalness, noun
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Medicine definitions for criticality
[ krĭt′ĭ-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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