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Medical Term:

acute inflammation


Definition: any inflammation that has a fairly rapid onset, quickly becomes severe, and is usually manifested for only a few days, but that may persist for even a few weeks; characterized histologically by edema, hyperemia, and inflitrates of polymorphonuclear leukocytes.

Synonym(s): active inflammation

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