[ kron-ik-lee ]


  1. happening constantly or habitually:

    Nationally, millions of students are chronically absent every year.

  2. happening or recurring over an extended period of time (opposed to acutely ):

    Monitoring is especially helpful for chronically ill patients wishing to avoid costly hospital stays.

    Close to 900 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished.

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Other Words From

  • non·chron·i·cal·ly adverb
  • sub·chron·i·cal·ly adverb
  • un·chron·i·cal·ly adverb
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Example Sentences

The plan states that the city will focus on vaccines for populations that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including seniors, people with chronic conditions, and racial and ethnic minorities.

Serotonin helps regulate mood, and drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are widely prescribed and effective for treating chronic depression.

Loss of body mass reduces the body’s natural stores, and potentially its ability to sustain prolonged chronic illness.

Failure to increase production will tip millions more into chronic hunger.

About 71 million people worldwide have chronic liver disease due to a hepatitis C infection.

“If done chronically, it can lead to a suppressed immune system, chronic fatigue and memory issues,” he says.

People who live on chronically low incomes know all about budgeting.

They are not for the physically lazy or the chronically, unabashedly out-of-shape.

Labor force participation among the mothers of special needs and chronically ill children is shockingly low.

And as any reader of Paul Krugman knows, these efforts have been chronically slow, late, and ineffective.

He was a tall, rather good-looking young fellow, all wire and whipcord, with a chronically whimsical expression.

Crossness and moroseness, for example, may be due to a dyspeptic condition and a chronically bad liver.

Occasionally a maid will be found who seems chronically unable to set a table right.

Ulcerated opthalmia is another horrible type, that disease in such chronically affected persons may assume.

For the fat man is habitually and chronically in that beatific state which comes from over-eating.





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