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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: kri'sis, -sez


  1. A sudden change, usually for the better, in the course of an acute disease, in contrast to the gradual improvement by lysis.
  2. A paroxysmal pain in an organ or circumscribed region of the body occurring in the course of tabetic neurosyphilis.
  3. A convulsive attack.

Synonym(s): tabetic crisis

[G. krisis, a separation, crisis]

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