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  1. somewhat or moderately acute.
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Origin of subacute

First recorded in 1745–55; sub- + acute
Related formssub·a·cute·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Theirs is a sort of subacute patriotism; but it has its use.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Had subacute rheumatism, with considerable swelling of ankle-joints.

    The Electric Bath

    George M. Schweig

  • Ventral lobes of collar prolonged, subacute, not overlapping.

  • The cases of the subacute type are by far the most numerous.

  • Microscopically the process is found to be a subacute inflammation of the media, which has been called a mesaortitis.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for subacute


  1. intermediate between acute and chronic
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Word Origin and History for subacute


1752, from sub- + acute.

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subacute in Medicine


  1. Between acute and chronic.
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Related formssub′a•cutely adv.
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