chron-


variant of chrono- before a vowel: chronaxie.

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Definition for chron- (2 of 3)

chron.

chronicle.
chronograph.
chronological.
chronology.

Definition for chron- (3 of 3)

Chron.

abbreviation Bible.

Chronicles.
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WORDS THAT USE CHRON-

What does chron- mean?

Chron- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “time.” It appears in a few technical terms.

Chron- comes from the Greek chrónos, meaning “time.” The adjective chronic, meaning “constant” or “habitual,” also derives from this root.

Chron- is a variant of chrono-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use chrono- article.

Examples of chron-

The physiology term chronaxie, or chronaxy, is “the minimum time that an electric current of twice the threshold strength must flow in order to excite a tissue.”

The chron- parts of the word means  “time.” The second part of the word, -axie, ultimately comes from the Greek axía, meaning “worth, value.” Chronaxie, then, literally means “time value.” The word chronaxie comes from French, using an equivalent form of chron-.

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British Dictionary definitions for chron-

Chron.
/ Bible /

abbreviation for

Chronicles
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Medical definitions for chron-

chron-

pref.

Variant ofchrono-
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