adjective \ˈkrä-nik\

medical : continuing or occurring again and again for a long time

: happening or existing frequently or most of the time

: always or often doing something specified

Full Definition of CHRONIC

a :  marked by long duration or frequent recurrence :  not acute <chronic indigestion> <chronic experiments>
b :  suffering from a chronic disease <the special needs of chronic patients>
a :  always present or encountered; especially :  constantly vexing, weakening, or troubling <chronic petty warfare>
b :  being such habitually <a chronic grumbler>
chronic noun
chron·i·cal·ly \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
chro·nic·i·ty \krä-ˈni-sə-tē, krō-\ noun

Examples of CHRONIC

  1. He suffers from chronic arthritis.
  2. a chronic need for attention
  3. Inflation has become a chronic condition in the economy.
  4. Don't bother seeing that film—it's chronic.

Origin of CHRONIC

French chronique, from Greek chronikos of time, from chronos
First Known Use: 1601

Rhymes with CHRONIC


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