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crisis

[krahy-sis]
noun, plural crises [krahy-seez] .
1.
a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
2.
a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
3.
a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person's life.
4.
Medicine/Medical.
a.
the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death.
b.
the change itself.
5.
the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.
adjective
6.
of, referring to, or for use in dealing with a crisis.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin < Greek krísis decision, equivalent to kri- variant stem of krī́nein to decide, separate, judge + -sis -sis

crisic, adjective
postcrisis, adjective, noun, plural postcrises.


1. See emergency.
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crisis (ˈkraɪsɪs)
 
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]

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crisis
c.1425, from Gk. krisis "turning point in a disease" (used as such by Hippocrates and Galen), lit. "judgment," from krinein "to separate, decide, judge," from PIE base *krei- "to sieve, discriminate, distinguish" (cf. Gk. krinesthai "to explain;" O.E. hriddel "sieve;" L. cribrum "sieve," crimen "judgment,
crime," cernere (pp. cretus) "to sift, separate;" O.Ir. criathar, O.Welsh cruitr "sieve;" M.Ir. crich "border, boundary"). Transferred non-medical sense is 1627. A Ger. term for "mid-life crisis" is Torschlusspanik, lit. "shut-door-panic," fear of being on the wrong side of a closing gate.
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crisis cri·sis (krī'sĭs)
n. pl. cri·ses (-sēz)

  1. A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.

  2. An emotionally stressful event or a traumatic change in one's life.

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