From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
2. (Med.) That change in a disease which indicates whether the result is to be recovery or death; sometimes, also, a striking change of symptoms attended by an outward manifestation, as by an eruption or sweat.
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
118 Moby Thesaurus words for "crisis": bench mark, boom, bottoming out, breakers ahead, business cycle, business fluctuations, bust, calamity, cardhouse, cardinal point, catastrophe, cause for alarm, chief thing, climacteric, climax, clutch, contingency, convergence of events, cooling off, core, cornerstone, critical juncture, critical moment, critical point, crossroads, crucial period, crunch, crux, danger, dangerous ground, depression, disaster, dollar crisis, dollar gap, downturn, economic cycle, economic expansion, economic growth, emergency, endangerment, essence, essential, essential matter, exigency, expanding economy, expansion, extremity, financial crisis, fundamental, gaping chasm, gathering clouds, gist, gravamen, great point, growth, hazard, heart, high growth rate, high point, high pressure, hinge, house of cards, imperativeness, imperilment, important thing, issue, jeopardy, kernel, keystone, landmark, low, main point, main thing, market expansion, material point, meat, menace, milestone, nub, pass, peak, peaking, peril, pinch, pith, pivot, plight, predicament, press, pressure, prosperity, push, quicksand, real issue, recession, recovery, risk, rocks ahead, rub, salient point, sine qua non, slowdown, slump, storm clouds, strait, stress, substance, substantive point, tension, the bottom line, the point, thin ice, threat, turn, turning point, upturn, urgency, zero hour
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