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 [kri´sis] (pl. cri´ses) (L.)
1. the turning point of a disease for better or worse; especially a sudden change, usually for the better, in the course of an acute disease.
2. a sudden paroxysmal intensification of symptoms in the course of a disease.
addisonian crisis (adrenal crisis) the symptoms accompanying an acute onset or worsening of addison's disease: anorexia, vomiting, abdominal pain, apathy, confusion, extreme weakness, and hypotension; if untreated these progress to shock and then death.
aplastic crisis a sickle cell crisis in which there is temporary bone marrow aplasia.
blast crisis a sudden, severe change in the course of chronic granulocytic leukemia, characterized by an increased number of blasts, i.e., myeloblasts or lymphoblasts.
catathymic crisis an isolated, nonrepetitive act of violence that develops as a result of intolerable tension.
celiac crisis an attack of severe watery diarrhea and vomiting producing dehydration and acidosis, sometimes occurring in infants with celiac disease.
developmental crisis maturational crisis.
hemolytic crisis an uncommon sickle cell crisis in which there is acute red blood cell destruction with jaundice.
hypertensive crisis dangerously high blood pressure of acute onset.
identity crisis a period in the psychosocial development of an individual, usually occurring during adolescence, manifested by a loss of the sense of the sameness and historical continuity of one's self, confusion over values, or an inability to accept the role the individual perceives as being expected by society.
life crisis a period of disorganization that occurs when a person meets an obstacle to an important life goal, such as the sudden death of a family member, a difficult family conflict, an incident of domestic violence (spouse or child abuse), a serious accident, loss of a limb, loss of a job, or rape or attempted rape.
maturational crisis a life crisis in which usual coping mechanisms are inadequate in dealing with a stress common to a particular stage in the life cycle or with stress caused by a transition from one stage to another. Called also developmental crisis.
myasthenic crisis the sudden development of dyspnea requiring respiratory support in myasthenia gravis; the crisis is usually transient, lasting several days, and accompanied by fever.
oculogyric crisis a symptom of an acute dystonic reaction in which the person demonstrates a fixed gaze, usually upward; also, the uncontrollable rolling upwards of the eye. It can be a result of encephalitis or a reaction to antipsychotic medications.
salt-losing crisis see salt-losing crisis.
sickle cell crisis see sickle cell crisis.
tabetic crisis a painful paroxysm occurring in tabes dorsalis.
thyroid crisis (thyrotoxic crisis) see thyroid crisis.
vaso-occlusive crisis a sickle cell crisis in which there is severe pain due to infarctions in the bones, joints, lungs, liver, spleen, kidney, eye, or central nervous system.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


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(krī'sis, -sēz),
1. A sudden change, usually for the better, in the course of an acute disease, in contrast to the gradual improvement by lysis.
2. A paroxysmal pain in an organ or circumscribed region of the body occurring in the course of tabetic neurosyphilis. Synonym(s): tabetic crisis
3. A convulsive attack.
[G. krisis, a separation, crisis]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


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 traumatic change in a person's life.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Infectious diseases An abrupt improvement—e.g., ‘breaking’ of a fever of untreated lobar pneumonia—most often due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, occurring at the end of the 1st wk, as antibody production rises and successful phagocytosis of the bacteria occurs, a clinical finding common in the pre-antibiotic era
Medspeak (1) An abrupt—paroxysmal—change in the course of a disease, usually for worse—e.g., an acute exacerbation of adrenal insufficiency
(2) An abrupt intensification of a symptom or other manifestation of a disease, a paroxysm
Psychiatry A state of acute mental disequilibrium; a turning point in a person’s life
Tissue culture A self-imposed limit on the growth of non-neoplastic fibroblasts and other cell lines in culture; after 50–100 generations, these cells undergo a series of agonal changes in the genome, including the shortening of telomers, lose their ability to divide, and die, even in the face of conditions that favour their growth
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Clinical medicine
1. An abrupt–paroxysmal change in the course of a disease, usually for worse–eg, an acute exacerbation of adrenal insufficiency.
2. An abrupt intensification of a symptom or other manifestation of a disease, a paroxysm. See Adrenal crisis, Aplastic crisis, Blast crisis, Healing crisis, Hemolytic crisis, Hypertensive crisis, Myasthenic crisis, Therapeutic crisis, Thyrotoxic crisis, Tumarkin crisis, Vaso-occlusive crisis Psychiatry A state of psychologic disequilibrium; turning point in a person's life. See Adolescent crisis, Identity crisis, Legal crisis, Midlife crisis.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. A sudden change, usually for the better, in the course of an acute disease, in contrast to gradual improvement by lysis.
2. A paroxysmal pain in an organ or circumscribed region of the body occurring in the course of tabetic neurosyphilis.
3. A convulsive attack.
[G. krisis, a separation, crisis]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


The peak or turning-point of a disease, especially an infection like LOBAR PNEUMONIA, after which one generally knew whether the patient was going to live or die. Nowadays, patients seldom reach a crisis, because infections are rapidly brought under control with antibiotics.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


A sudden change, usually for the better, in the course of an acute disease.
[G. krisis, a separation, crisis]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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A. I meant to write folks. sorry.

Q. who had already a heavy crisis because he/she was sleepless during several days? i don't know, if it is the sign to get a psychosis, but this is what i experienced three times before i was forced to go in an asylum. till this day i found nobody with a similar experience. perhaps we are now able to collect what most psychiatrist don't know...

A. Yes, sometimes it take so long to snap out of it. Stay strong Lixior.

Q. Your topic-manager: Did you have today a little crisis like me? As some of you already know, I use at the moment and since 3 months no medications anymore, but I told you also, that I have at home my little pharmacy for "just in case". Two days ago I slept not at all during the whole night. There was an emergency case from USA - a member from another topic. The dear lady was in panic, it seemed so during the chat. So I called her and she was thankful 12h later. Today I had a little panic-attack too. I have an urgent letter to write and also a document to prepare. In fact I would be able to do both things in the same time and so my body starts to feel a stress. My heart feels like a very hot big potato, my head is warm too and I can't concentrate me for just one subject. What have I done today to fix that?

A. I forgot to tell you. I smoked today during the long moments in Zurich for the first time again 2 cigarettes after 3 years interruption. Now the package Marlboro is a member of my private pharmacy, then it helps me to become calm when I'm in panic. What helps me in such moments too, is some water with gaz. When I stopped smoking in 1996, I drunk always some water, when I had the desire to eat something - mostly something sweety. After 3 weeks it was for me not anymore necessary to drink water. Today I can smoke a cigarette or more and stop instantly afterwards during years. Today I used the cigarettes as medication in moments of panic I had. Perhaps for some of you it is a piece of chocolate, or an apple or some vinagre. You must check it out and learn what your body likes, how it reacts or what helps your behaviour and condition to go forward.

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