Chronic meaning

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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.

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Lasting a long time or recurring often.
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Of long duration; continuing.

Chronic money problems.

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Having had an ailment for a long time.

A chronic patient.

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Subject to a habit or pattern of behavior for a long time.

A chronic liar.

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Continuing indefinitely; perpetual; constant.

A chronic worry.

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By habit, custom, etc.; habitual; inveterate.

A chronic complainer.

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A chronic patient.
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Lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases.

Chronic colitis.

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Relating to an illness or medical condition that is characterized by long duration or frequent recurrence. Diabetes and hypertension are chronic diseases.
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Of a problem, that continues over an extended period of time.

Chronic unemployment; chronic poverty; chronic anger.

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(medicine) Prolonged or slow to heal.

Chronic cough; chronic headache; chronic illness.

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Of a person, suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal.

Chronic patients must learn to live with their condition.

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He's a chronic smoker.

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(informal) Very bad, awful.

That concert was chronic.

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(informal) Extremely serious.

They left him in a chronic condition.

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(informal) Good, great, as in "wicked".

That was cool, chronic in fact.

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A chronic one.
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(slang) Marijuana, typically of high quality.
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(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.
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Lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases.

Chronic colitis.

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Origin of chronic

  • French chronique from Latin chronicus from Greek khronikos of time from khronos time
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From chronical, from Old French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Ancient Greek χρονικός (khronikos, “of time”), from χρόνος (khronos, “time”).
    From Wiktionary