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acute radiation syndrome


Definition: a syndrome caused by exposure of the body to large amounts of radiation, (from certain forms of therapy, accidents, and nuclear explosions). It is divided into three major forms that are, in ascending order of severity, the hematologic, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system–cardiovascular forms; its clinical manifestations are divided into prodromal, latent, overt, and recovery stages.

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