- 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 chronicity
These are properly viewed as constituting a condition of chronicity.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
The residue of such cases become chronic, and chronicity almost invariably means subsequent dementia.
Expectancy seems to make it certain that the lesions will come and attention adds to their chronicity.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
These have one element in common, that of chronicity, and are likewise the occasion of a progressive wasting of the body.
- 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 chronicity
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.