Origin of chronic
British Dictionary definitions for sub-chronic
- very badthe play was chronic
- very serioushe left her in a chronic condition
Word Origin for chronic
Word Origin and History for sub-chronic
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.