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Borrowing from Medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergens, present participle of emergo, equivalent to emerge +‎ -ency.

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emergency ‎(plural emergencies)

  1. A situation which poses an immediate risk and which requires urgent attention.
    Cardiac arrest is an emergency and if you find someone in cardiac arrest you should call 999 immediately.
  2. (US, Canada, often attributive) The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.
  3. An individual brought in at short notice to replace a member of staff, a player in a sporting team, etc.
  4. (archaic) The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.
  5. (US, telecommunications) A condition where life or property is in jeopardy and the prompt summoning of aid is essential.

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