having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; acute appendicitis; the acute phase of the illness; acute patients'
of an angle; less than 90 degrees
extremely sharp or intense; acute pain; felt acute annoyance; intense itching and burning
[ Syn: intense ]
having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; an acute observer of politics and politicians; incisive comments; icy knifelike reasoning; as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang; penetrating insight; frequent penetrative observations
ending in a sharp point
of critical importance and consequence; an acute (or critical) lack of research funds'