[ kron-ik ]
/ ˈkrɒn ɪk /
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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).
OTHER WORDS FOR chronic
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Rarely chron·i·cal [kron-i-kuhl] /ˈkrɒn ɪ kəl/ .
Origin of chronic
First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin chronicus, from Greek chronikós, equivalent to chrón(os) “time” + -ikos -ic
OTHER WORDS FROM chronic
chron·i·cal·ly, adverbchro·nic·i·ty [kro-nis-i-tee], /krɒˈnɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·chron·ic, adjectivenon·chron·i·cal, adjective
sub·chron·ic, adjectivesub·chron·i·cal, adjectiveun·chron·ic, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chronicacute, chronic
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How to use chronic in a sentence
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)|Charles Creighton
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
Electric shocks frequently repeated daily for a week or two remove chronical pains, as the pleurodyne chronica, Class I. 2.Zoonomia, Vol. II|Erasmus Darwin
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)|Richard Baxter
British Dictionary definitions for chronic
/ (ˈkrɒnɪk) /
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
Derived forms of chronicchronically, adverbchronicity (krɒˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for chronic
C15: from Latin chronicus relating to time, from Greek khronikos, from khronos time
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Scientific definitions for chronic
[ krŏn′ĭk ]
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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