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Pronunciation:  igz`asurb'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse; "the aggravation of her condition resulted from lack of care"
  2. [n]  violent and bitter exasperation; "his foolishness was followed by an exacerbation of their quarrel"

EXACERBATION is a 12 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: aggravation
 See Also: exasperation, intensification



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*ac`er*ba"tion\n. [Cf. F. exacerbation.]
1. The act rendering more violent or bitter; the state of
   being exacerbated or intensified in violence or malignity;
   as, exacerbation of passion.

2. (Med.) A periodical increase of violence in a disease, as
   in remittent or continious fever; an increased energy of
   diseased and painful action.

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