[ kron-ik ]
/ ˈkrɒn ɪk /
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).
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Origin of chronic
1595–1605; < Latin chronicus < 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
non·chron·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·chron·ic, adjectivesub·chron·i·cal, adjectivesub·chron·i·cal·ly, adverbun·chron·ic, adjectiveun·chron·i·cal·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chronicacute chronic
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British Dictionary definitions for sub-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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Medical definitions for sub-chronic
[ krŏn′ĭk ]
Of long duration. Used of a disease of slow progress and long continuance.
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Scientific definitions for sub-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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