Chronic Definition

Lasting a long time or recurring often.
Webster's New World
Continuing indefinitely; perpetual; constant.
A chronic worry.
Webster's New World
Having had an ailment for a long time.
A chronic patient.
Webster's New World
By habit, custom, etc.; habitual; inveterate.
A chronic complainer.
Webster's New World
(medicine) Prolonged or slow to heal.
Chronic cough; chronic headache; chronic illness.

(medicine) A condition of extended duration, either continuous or marked by frequent recurrence. Sometimes implies a condition which worsens with each recurrence, though that is not inherent in the term.

A chronic patient.
Webster's New World

(slang) Marijuana, typically of high quality.


Origin of Chronic

  • From chronical, from Old French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Ancient Greek χρονικός (khronikos, “of time”), from χρόνος (khronos, “time”).

    From Wiktionary

  • French chronique from Latin chronicus from Greek khronikos of time from khronos time

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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