Definition of exacerbation in English:

exacerbation

Pronunciation /ɪɡzasəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/ /ɪksasəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

mass noun
  • 1The process of making a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling worse.

    ‘a lack of stress reduction skills can lead to the exacerbation of existing problems and the onset of many others’
    1. 1.1count noun An acute increase in the severity of a problem, illness, or bad situation.
      ‘he was admitted to the hospital once last year for an exacerbation of asthma’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘provocation to anger’): from Latin exacerbatio(n-), from the verb exacerbare (see exacerbate).

Pronunciation

exacerbation

/ɪɡzasəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/ /ɪksasəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/