- constant; habitual; inveterate: a chronic liar.
- continuing a long time or recurring frequently: a chronic state of civil war.
- having long had a disease, habit, weakness, or the like: a chronic invalid.
- (of a disease) having long duration (opposed to acute).
- Slang. cronic.
Origin of chronic
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Examples from the Web for chronical
I have oft known the acute and chronical diseases of afflicted ones relieved by prayer without any natural means.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)
A vitiated digestion I believe always terminates, if not cured, in the production of some chronical disorder.The Works of William Cowper
And scarce any one chronical distemper whatever, but has some degree of this evil faithfully attending it.Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages
William Andrus Alcott
It raged mostly among children and youths, and was wont to affect them with a long and, as it were, a chronical sickness.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
We often wish that some gallant, useful man, who is dying of a chronical disease, might yet live longer.Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- continuing for a long time; constantly recurring
- (of a disease) developing slowly, or of long durationCompare acute (def. 7)
- inveterate; habituala chronic smoker
- very badthe play was chronic
- very serioushe left her in a chronic condition
Word Origin and History for chronical
early 15c., of diseases, "lasting a long time," from Middle French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Greek khronikos "of time, concerning time," from khronos "time" (see chrono-). Vague disapproving sense (from 17c.) is from association with diseases and later addictions.
- Of long duration. Used of a disease of slow progress and long continuance.
- Relating to an illness or medical condition that is characterized by long duration or frequent recurrence. Diabetes and hypertension are chronic diseases. Compare acute.