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adjective critical, crucial, decisive, fateful, influential, major, momentous, significant, weighty

key

(Passport), noun bar, pass, permit, ticket

key

(Solution), noun answer, method, resolution, way
See also: answer, basic, cardinal, catchword, central, clue, cornerstone, critical, crucial, essential, explanation, fundamental, gravamen, important, indispensable, main point, major, material, necessary, outstanding, primary, solution, strategic, tip

KEY. An instrument made for shutting and opening a lock.
     2. The keys of a house are considered as real estate, and descend to the heir with the inheritance. But see 5 Blackf. 417.
     3. When the keys of a warehouse are delivered to a purchaser of goods locked up there, with a view of effecting a delivery of such goods, the delivery is complete. The doctrine of the civil law is the same. Dig. lib. 41, t. 1, 1. 9, Sec. 6; and lib. 18, t. 1, 1. 74.

KEY, estates. A wharf at which to land goods from, or to load them in a vessel. This word is now generally spelled Quay, from the French, quai.

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The minimal exposure and minimal invasive operation of the keyhole microsurgery have clear benefits for patients, including less intraoperative injury, less postoperative infection risk, less surgery-related complication, shorter hospitalization time, less cost of treatment, and optimal cosmetic outcome, which improves patient's acceptance of the surgery.
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A companion piece (of sorts) to his epic, seven-volume science fiction/fantasy Dark Tower series, The Wind Through the Keyhole takes place between the fourth volume in the series, Wizard and Glass (1997), and the fifth, The Wolves of the Calla (2003).
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I've never heard the term keyhole used in this way.