- The definition of chronic is something that lasts for a long time, keeps coming back or continues to happen.
- An example of chronic is back pain that a person has every day.
- An example of chronic is allergies that a person has often.
- An example of chronic is taking pain medication on a daily basis.
This woman suffers from chronic back pain.
- lasting a long time or recurring often
- having had an ailment for a long time: a chronic patient
- continuing indefinitely; perpetual; constant: a chronic worry
- by habit, custom, etc.; habitual; inveterate: a chronic complainer
Origin of chronicFrench cronique ; from Classical Latin chronicus ; from Classical Greek chronikos, of time ; from chronos, time
a chronic patient
- Of long duration; continuing: chronic money problems.
- Lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases: chronic colitis.
- Subject to a habit or pattern of behavior for a long time: a chronic liar.
Origin of chronicFrench chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Greek khronikos, of time, from khronos, time.
(comparative more chronic, superlative most chronic)
- Of a problem, that continues over an extended period of time.
- chronic unemployment; chronic poverty; chronic anger
- (medicine) Prolonged or slow to heal.
- chronic cough; chronic headache; chronic illness
- Of a person, suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal.
- Chronic patients must learn to live with their condition.
- Inveterate or habitual.
- He's a chronic smoker.
- (informal) Very bad, awful.
- That concert was chronic.
- (informal) Extremely serious.
- They left him in a chronic condition.
- (informal) Good, great, as in "wicked".
- That was cool, chronic in fact.