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chronic

[ kron-ik ]
/ ˈkrɒn ɪk /
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adjective
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).
noun
Slang. cronic.
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Origin of chronic

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin chronicus, from Greek chronikós, equivalent to chrón(os) “time” + -ikos -ic

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chronic

acute, chronic
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British Dictionary definitions for chronic

chronic
/ (ˈkrɒnɪk) /

adjective
continuing for a long time; constantly recurring
(of a disease) developing slowly, or of long durationCompare acute (def. 7)
inveterate; habituala chronic smoker
informal
  1. very badthe play was chronic
  2. very serioushe left her in a chronic condition

Derived forms of chronic

chronically, adverbchronicity (krɒˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for chronic

C15: from Latin chronicus relating to time, from Greek khronikos, from khronos time
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Medical definitions for chronic

chronic
[ krŏnĭk ]

adj.
Of long duration. Used of a disease of slow progress and long continuance.
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Scientific definitions for chronic

chronic
[ krŏnĭk ]

Relating to an illness or medical condition that is characterized by long duration or frequent recurrence. Diabetes and hypertension are chronic diseases. Compare acute.
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