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aeroembolism nitrogen or air bubbles in the bloodstream, caused by severe decompression, surgery, or injury, and resulting in severe pain and sometimes convulsions; bends; decompression sickness; caisson disease.
alcoholism a pathological condition resulting from habitual overuse of alcoholic beverages, characterized by dependence on alcohol, difficulty in functioning properly, and severe withdrawal symptoms when alcohol use is stopped.
alert a warning or a period of warning, as of severe weather or military attack. [1/3 definitions]
Alzheimer's disease a severe, progressive disease that causes the brain cells to degenerate, often leading to dementia.
amoebic dysentery a severe dysentery, caused by a particular type of amoeba, which painfully infects and inflames the bowels.
angina pectoris severe recurrent pain in the chest caused by a sudden decrease in the amount of blood flowing to the heart muscle.
Asiatic cholera an acute, infectious, often fatal disease caused by bacteria and characterized by severe diarrhea, intestinal cramps, and dehydration; cholera.
assuage to make less severe or more bearable; alleviate. [1/2 definitions]
astringent stern, harsh, or severe. [1/4 definitions]
bad intense or severe. [1/9 definitions]
battle fatigue severe mental distress or disorder resulting from combat in war; combat fatigue. (See shell shock.)
beating severe physical violence done as punishment or during a confrontation, usu. with blows from fists or a weapon. [1/3 definitions]
black frost severe cold that blackens living plants without the appearance of frost crystals.
blistering severe, harsh. [1/2 definitions]
blue having a bluish color of the skin as a result of severe cold or slight injury. [1/8 definitions]
brainstorm an incidence of severe mental turmoil or confusion. [1/6 definitions]
brutal exceptionally severe. [1/3 definitions]
Calvary (sometimes l.c.) a place or occasion of severe trial, or an intensely painful, anguishing experience. [1/2 definitions]
Calvinism practices and beliefs based on these teachings, esp. a strict, severe code of morality. [1/2 definitions]
castigate to punish or rebuke, as with severe public criticism; chastise.
casualty the victim of a severe accident, esp. one that results in death. [1/3 definitions]