Definition of chronic
- chronic indigestion
- chronic experiments
- the special needs of chronic patients
- chronic petty warfare
- chronic meddling in one another's domestic affairs
- —Amatzia Baram
- a chronic grumbler
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.
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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.
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
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
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