One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a disease) very severe and of very short duration, generally proving quickly fatal.‘the peracute form results in sudden death’
grave, serious, dangerous, risky, perilous, hazardous, precarious, touch-and-go, in the balance, uncertain, desperate, dire, acute, very badView synonyms
- ‘Although dogs can die from the peracute form of the disease, many dogs are successfully treated with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.’
Late Middle English: from Latin peracutus ‘very sharp’.
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