These have one element in common, that of chronicity, and are likewise the occasion of a progressive wasting of the body.
These are properly viewed as constituting a condition of chronicity.
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.
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.
chronic chron·ic (krŏn'ĭk)
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.
Marijuana; pot: Smoking a spliff of high-octane chronic (1990s+)