Cri·sis n.; pl. Crises
1. The point of time when it is to be decided whether any affair or course of action must go on, or be modified or terminate; the decisive moment; the turning point.
This hour's the very crisis of your fate. --Dryden.
The very times of crisis for the fate of the country. --Brougham.
2. Med. That change in a disease which indicates whether the result is to be recovery or death; sometimes, also, a striking change of symptoms attended by an outward manifestation, as by an eruption or sweat.
Till some safe crisis authorize their skill. --Dryden.
n 1: an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; "they
went bankrupt during the economic crisis"
2: a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something;
"after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"
[also: crises (pl)]