Definition of exacerbate in English:

exacerbate

Line breaks: ex|acer|bate
Pronunciation: /ɪgˈzasəbeɪt
 
, ɛkˈsas-/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

exacerbation

Pronunciation: /-ˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • It is possible to misinterpret worsening of symptoms as an exacerbation of multiple sclerosis.
  • Asthma exacerbations increase morbidity and mortality in patients, decrease their quality of life, and increase the cost of treatment.
  • Additionally, asthma exacerbations are reduced to levels that are arguably as low as might be expected.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin exacerbat- 'made harsh', from the verb exacerbare, from ex- (expressing inducement of a state) + acerbus 'harsh, bitter'. The noun exacerbation (late Middle English) originally meant 'provocation to anger'.

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