Medical Spanish 
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pointed)
a. sharp
Ten cuidado con ese lápiz, que tiene la punta muy aguda.Be careful with that pencil; the point is very sharp.
2. (intense)
a. acute
Sintió un dolor muy agudo en el pecho.He felt an acute pain in his chest.
b. sharp (pain)
Llevo toda la semana con dolores de cabeza agudos.I've been having sharp headaches all week.
c. severe (illness)
Ingresó en el hospital con pulmonía aguda.She was admitted to the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia.
3. (related to sound)
a. high-pitched
La voz aguda de la soprano puede romper una copa.The high-pitched voice of the lyric soprano can break a cup.
b. piercing
Era guapo, pero tenía la voz muy aguda.He was handsome, but his voice was very piercing.
c. high (note)
El bajo no canta notas agudas.A bass doesn't sing high notes.
4. (intelligent)
a. sharp
Un buen detective debe tener una mente aguda.A good detective must have a sharp mind.
b. clever
Esta niña hace observaciones muy agudas.This girl makes very clever comments.
c. quick-witted
Sherlock Holmes es el ejemplo perfecto de una persona aguda.Sherlock Holmes is the perfect example of a quick-witted person.
d. searching
El periodista hizo preguntas muy agudas al secretario de Estado.The journalist asked very searching questions of the Secretary of State.
e. witty (humorous)
Mi hermano es muy agudo; de cualquier cosa hace un chascarrillo.My brother is very witty; he can make a funny story out of anything.
5. (very sensitive)
a. keen
Mi perro tiene el olfato muy agudo.My dog has a very keen sense of smell.
6. (mathematics)
a. acute
Un ángulo agudo es siempre menor de 90 grados.An acute angle is always less than 90 degrees.
7. (grammar)
a. stressed on the last syllable (word)
"Atención" es una palabra aguda."Atención" is a word that is stressed on the last syllable.
b. acute (accent)
Esa palabra se escribe con un acento agudo.That word is written with an acute accent.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
8. (music)
a. treble (sound)
Este botón regula los graves; y este, los agudos.This knob controls the bass, and this one controls the treble.
b. high-note (in singing)
Los agudos de esa cantante son un poco irregulares.That singer's high-notes are a little erratic.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (vista, olfato)
a. keen
2. (crisis, problema, enfermedad)
a. serious, acute
3. (dolor)
a. sharp
4. (sonido)
a. high, high-pitched
5. (perspicaz)
a. keen, sharp
6. (ingenioso)
a. witty
7. (grammar)
a. stressed on the last syllable
8. (filo, punta)
a. sharp
1 (afilado) [+filo] sharp; [+instrumento] sharp; pointed
2 (intenso) [+enfermedad, dolor] acute; [+acento] acute
3 [+ángulo] acute
4 (incisivo) [+mente, sentido] sharp; keen; [+ingenio] ready; lively; [+crítica] penetrating; [+observación] smart; clever; [+pregunta] acute; searching
5 (gracioso) witty
6 (Música) [+nota] high; high-pitched; [+voz, sonido] piercing
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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