medical emergency

GC: n

S: NIH - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001927.htm(external link) (last access: 6 March 2013); http://lexington.wakehealth.edu/Services/Emergency/What-Is-a-Medical-Emergency.htm(external link) (last access: 29 July 2015).

N: 1. - medical (adj): 1640s, from French médical, from Late Latin medicalis "of a physician," from Latin medicus "physician, surgeon, medical man" (n.); "healing, madicinal" (adj.), from mederi "to heal, give medical attention to, cure," originally "know the best course for," from an early specialization of PIE root *med- "take appropriate measures" (source also of Avestan vi-mad- "physician"). The earlier adjective in English in this sense was medicinal. Related: Medically.
- emergency (n): "unforeseen occurrence requiring immediate attention," 1630s, from Latin emergens, present participle of emergere "to rise out or up" (see emerge). Or from emerge + -ency. As an adjective by 1881.
2. What Is a Medical Emergency? The purpose of any Emergency Department is to save lives. An emergency is any medical problem that could cause death or permanent injury if not treated quickly. Severe pain in some instances can also be a medical emergency, such as the pain associated with kidney stones or appendicitis.
3. The difference between “emergency” and “urgency” is that an emergency is an immediate threat to the well being and urgency is threat to the well being, in near future.
4. Emergency is considered a situation where the life, health, property or environment faces an immediate threat. In emergencies, urgent measures have to be taken to prevent the situation from worsening. In some conditions, the urgent threat cannot be prevented and only be palliated by giving help later on.

S: 1. OED - https://www.etymonline.com/word/medical;(external link) https://www.etymonline.com/word/emergency(external link) (last access: 12 May 2018). 2. http://lexington.wakehealth.edu/Services/Emergency/What-Is-a-Medical-Emergency.htm(external link) (last access: 29 July 2015). 3 & 4. http://www.differencebetween.net/science/nature/difference-between-urgence-and-emergency/(external link) (last access: 12 May 2018).


CR: emergence (EN), emergency aid, emergency department.


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