|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something, esp in a sequence of events or a disease|
|2.||an unstable period, esp one of extreme trouble or danger in politics, economics, etc|
|3.||pathol a sudden change, for better or worse, in the course of a disease|
|[C15: from Latin: decision, from Greek krisis, from krinein to decide]|
crisis cri·sis (krī'sĭs)
n. pl. cri·ses (-sēz)
A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.
An emotionally stressful event or a traumatic change in one's life.