Definition for CRI'SIS

CRI'SIS, n. [plur. Crises. Gr. κρισις, L. crisis, from the root of κρινω, to separate, to determine, to decide. See Crime.]

  1. In medical science, the change of a disease which indicates its event; that change which indicates recovery or death. It is sometimes used to designate the excretion of something noxious from the body, or of the noxious fluids in a fever. – Encyc. Parr.
  2. The decisive state of things, or the point of time when an affair is arrived to its highth, and must soon terminate or suffer a material change. This hour's the very crisis of your fate. – Dryden.

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