acuity

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(ă-kū′ĭt-ē)

[Fr. fr. L. acuere, to sharpen]

1. Clearness, sharpness of a sensory function, e.g., visual acuity.
2. In emergency and critical care medicine, the severity of a hospitalized patient's illness and the level of attention or service he or she will need from professional staff.

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