Crisis

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Origins

a. L. crisis, a. Gr. discrimination, decision, crisis, f. - to decide.

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Definitions

  • 1. Pathology. The point in the progress of a disease when an important development or change takes place which is decisive of recovery or death; the turning-point of a disease for better or worse; also applied to any marked or sudden variation occurring in the progress of a disease and to the phenomena accompanying it.
  • 2. Astrology. Said of a conjunction of the planets which determines the issue of a disease or critical point in the course of events.
  • 3. A vitally important or decisive stage in the progress of anything; a turning-point; also, a state of affairs in which a decisive change for better or worse is imminent; now applied esp. to times of difficulty, insecurity, and suspense in politics or commerce.
  • 5. A point by which to judge; a criterion, token, sign. Obs