Definition of chronic
1a : continuing or occurring again and again for a long time chronic indigestion chronic experimentsb : suffering from a chronic disease the special needs of chronic patients
2a : always present or encountered; especially : constantly vexing, weakening, or troubling chronic petty warfare chronic meddling in one another's domestic affairs — Amatzia Baramb : being such habitually a chronic grumbler
chronicallyplay \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
chronicityplay \krä-ˈni-sə-tē, krō-\ noun
Examples of chronic in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of chronic from the Web
Isolated or chronic, the depths of Woods's problems can't be known, not without his participation in telling the story.
The chronic disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks other organs and tissue.
Democratic lawmakers, who control both chambers, and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner have repeatedly failed to agree on how to solve chronic budget deficits worsened by the expiration of tax hikes in January 2015.
Moreover, much of this chronic pain is not well managed, according to the report, causing preventable suffering.
An examination showed evidence of chronic kidney disease, which did not improve with medication, police said.
Eventually, Litesprite wants to expand beyond its first game and build games to help treat more chronic health conditions, including cancer and diabetes.
Schools and teachers can provide an atmosphere where everybody is aware of food allergies and all other chronic illnesses.
The band Fun. had started as a side project for Mr. Antonoff, a chronic multitasker.
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Chronic coughing goes on and on; chronic lateness occurs day after day; chronic lameness never seems to get any better. Unfortunately, situations that we call chronic almost always seem to be unpleasant. We never hear about chronic peace, but we do hear about chronic warfare. And we never speak of chronic health, only of chronic illness.
Origin and Etymology of chronic
French chronique, from Greek chronikos of time, from chronos
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of chronic
CHRONIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chronic for English Language Learners
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
CHRONIC Defined for Kids
Definition of chronic for Students
1 : continuing for a long time or returning often a chronic disease
2 : happening or done frequently or by habit a chronic complainer chronic tardiness
Word Root of chronic
The Greek word chronos, meaning “time,” gives us the root chron. Words from the Greek chronos have something to do with time. The chronological order of events is the order in which they happened in time. Anything that is chronic lasts for a very long time. A chronicle is a telling of events in the order in which they happened in time.
Medical Definition of chronic
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 chronicb: suffering from a disease or ailment of long duration or frequent recurrence a chronic arthritic chronic sufferers from asthma
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
chronicity\krä-ˈnis-ət-ē, krō-\play noun plural
Medical Definition of chronic
: one that suffers from a chronic disease
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