Simple Definition of chronic
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
1 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>
2 a : always present or encountered; especially : constantly vexing, weakening, or troubling <chronic petty warfare> b : being such habitually <a chronic grumbler>
Examples of chronic
He suffers from chronic arthritis.
a chronic need for attention
Inflation has become a chronic condition in the economy.
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
Synonym Discussion of chronic
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