emergent vs emergency :

emergent or emergency

The error of considering “emergent” to be the adjectival form of “emergency” is common only in medical writing, but it is becoming widespread. “Emergent” properly means “emerging” and normally refers to events that are just beginning—barely noticeable rather than catastrophic. “Emergency” is an adjective as well as a noun, so rather than writing “emergent care,” use the homely “emergency care.”

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Definitions

  • s  occurring unexpectedly and requiring urgent action
    emergent repair of an aorta
  • s  coming into existence
    an emergent republic

  • n  a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
    he never knew what to do in an emergency
  • n  a state in which martial law applies
    the governor declared a state of emergency
  • n  a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage
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