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chronic

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adjective chron·ic \ˈkrän-ik\

Medical Definition of chronic

  1. 1a:  marked by long duration, by frequent recurrence over a long time, and often by slowly progressing seriousness :  not acute <chronic indigestion> <her hallucinations became chronic>b:  suffering from a disease or ailment of long duration or frequent recurrence <a chronic arthritic> <chronic sufferers from asthma>

  2. 2a:  having a slow progressive course of indefinite duration—used especially of degenerative invasive diseases, some infections, psychoses, and inflammations <chronic heart disease> <chronic arthritis> <chronic tuberculosis>; compare acute 2b(1)b:  infected with a disease-causing agent (as a virus) and remaining infectious over a long period of time but not necessarily expressing symptoms <chronic carriers may remain healthy but still transmit the virus causing hepatitis B>

  3. chron·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb
    chro·nic·i·ty \krä-ˈnis-ət-ē, krō-\play noun, plural chro·nic·i·ties



Variants of chronic

also chron·i·cal \-i-kəl\play

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chronic

noun chron·ic

Medical Definition of chronic

  1. :  one that suffers from a chronic disease





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