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 for exacerbation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exacerbation \Ex*ac`er*ba"tion\
     ([e^]gz*[a^]s`[~e]r*b[=a]"sh[u^]n) n. [Cf. F. exacerbation.]
     1. The act of rendering more violent or bitter; the state of
        being exacerbated or intensified in violence or malignity;
        as, exacerbation of passion.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Med.) A periodical increase of violence in a disease, as
        in remittent or continuous fever; an increased energy of
        diseased and painful action.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms)
           worse; "the aggravation of her condition resulted from lack
           of care" [syn: aggravation, exacerbation]
      2: violent and bitter exasperation; "his foolishness was
         followed by an exacerbation of their quarrel"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "exacerbation":
     accelerando, acceleration, aggravation, agitation, amplification,
     animation, annoyance, arousal, arousing, augmentation, beefing-up,
     blowing up, blowup, chafe, concentration, condensation,
     consolidation, contentiousness, deepening, deliberate aggravation,
     deterioration, electrification, embittering, embitterment,
     enhancement, enlargement, exaggeration, exasperation, excitation,
     excitement, exhilaration, explosion, fomentation, fret, gall,
     galvanization, heating-up, heightening, incitement, increase,
     inflammation, information explosion, infuriation, intensification,
     irritant, irritation, lathering up, magnification, perturbation,
     pickup, population explosion, provocation, redoubling,
     reinforcement, sharpening, souring, speedup, steaming up, step-up,
     stimulation, stimulus, stirring, stirring up, strengthening,
     tightening, whipping up, working up, worsening

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