1. (of a drug) quickly effective, but requiring regularly repeated doses for long-term treatment, being rapidly absorbed, distributed in the body, and excreted: Compare intermediate-acting, long-acting

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How to use short-acting in a sentence

  • Hiram returned short answers to these queries—very short—acting the while as if he were in pain under a certain infliction.

  • It is George Shenstone; who is attending on her, handing the arrows—in short acting as her aide-de-camp.

    Gwen Wynn | Mayne Reid