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Definitions of crisis

  1. an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something; "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The point of time when it is to be decided whether any affair or course of action must go on, or be modified or terminate; the decisive moment; the turning point. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. That change in a disease which indicates whether the result is to be recovery or death; sometimes, also, a striking change of symptoms attended by an outward manifestation, as by an eruption or sweat. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. A turning point; as, a crisis in history; a critical turn in the course of a disease; emergency; time of danger or difficulty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. 1. A sudden change in the course of an acute disease. A disease which terminates by crisis is one in which a change for the better occurs suddenly (as in pneumonia), as distinguished from one which terminates by lysis. 2. A period of biological change, as puberty. 3. A paroxysmal pain in an organ or circumscribed region of the body occurring in the course of tabes dorsalis. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  7. Height of a disease. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  8. Point or time for deciding anything-that is, when it must either terminate or take a new course: the decisive moment:-pl. CRISES. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A decisive point or time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A turning-point; a critical moment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The change in a disease which indicates recovery or death; the point of time when an affair is arrived at its height, and must soon undergo a change for better or worse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. The change in the symptoms of a disease that indicates recovery or death; the decisive point in any important affair. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. kr[=i]'sis, n. point or time for deciding anything, the decisive moment or turning-point:--pl. CRISES (kr[=i]'s[=e]z). [Gr. krisis, from krinein, to separate.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. This word has been used in various acceptations. Some mean by the crisis of a disease, when it augments or diminishes considerably, considerably, becomes transformed into another, or ceases entirely. Some have used the word to signify only the favourable changes which supervene in disease; others, for the change going on in the acme or violence of the disease. Others, again, have given this name only to a rapid and favourable change, joined to some copious evacuation or eruption; whilst others have applied the term to the symptoms that accompany such change, and not to the change itself; - thus including, under the same denomination, the critical phenomena and the crisis. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  15. [Greek] A sudden and decided alteration ii n the course of a disease, whether for better or for worse; especially, such a change when marking the abrupt termination of a disease; as the C. of pneumonia or of typhus fever. Cf. Lysis. na
  16. [Greek] A. paroxysmal, usually very painful, disturbance of the functions of some viscus occurring in tabes dorsalis. The chief crises are: Attacks of severe gastric pain and vomiting (Gastric e.); of diarrhoea (Intestinal c.); of pain in the rectum (Rectal c.), bladder (Vesical c.), and urethra (Urethral c.), or along the ureter (Nephralgic c.); attacks of sexual excitement in women (Clitoris c.); paroxysmal laryngeal spasm (Larygeal c.) or coughing and dyspnoea (Bronchial c.); attacks of palpitation (Cardiac c.); attacks of apoplexy, hemiplegia, or convulsions ( Cerebral c.). na
  17. (pl. crises). Turning-point, esp. of disease; moment of danger or suspense in politics, commerce, &c., as cabinet, financial, c. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. Pl. crises. The turning point of a disease. American pocket medical dictionary.
  19. Any decisive occurrence in the course of a disease or of physiological life, such as the supposed turning point of a fever, the advent of puberty, or of the menopause, etc., whether of salutary or of unfavorable import. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  20. A paroyxsm, usually accompanied with pain, of a certain set of symptoms in the course of a chronic disease, particularly of the nervous system. In this sense the word has been used chiefly by the French writers. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  21. n. [Greek] The decisive moment; the turning-point—the change of a disease which indicates recovery or death any unsettled or critical state in individual life, or in public affairs. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. The point in which the disease kills, or changes to the better; the point of time at which any affair comes to the height. Complete Dictionary

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