Definitions for chronicˈkrɒn ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chron•icˈkrɒn ɪk(adj.)

  1. being such habitually or for a prolonged period:

    a chronic liar.

  2. continuing a long time or recurring frequently:

    a chronic state of war.

  3. having long had a disease, habit, weakness, or the like:

    a chronic invalid.

  4. (of a disease) having long duration

    Category: Pathology

    Ref: (disting. from acute )

Origin of chronic:

1595–1605; < L chronicus < Gk chronikós=chrón(os) time +-ikos -ic

chro•nic•i•tykrɒˈnɪs ɪ ti(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chronic(adj)

    being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

    "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid"

  2. chronic, continuing(adj)

    of long duration

    "chronic money problems"

  3. chronic, inveterate(adj)

    habitual

    "a chronic smoker"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. chronic(adjective)ˈkrɒn ɪk

    (of an illness or pain) occurring frequently

    chronic back pain

Wiktionary

  1. chronic(Noun)

    A chronic one

  2. chronic(Noun)

    Marijuana, typically of high quality.

  3. chronic(Noun)

    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.

  4. chronic(Adjective)

    That continues over an extended period of time.

  5. chronic(Adjective)

    Prolonged or slow to heal. The opposite of acute.

  6. chronic(Adjective)

    suffering from such affliction

    Chronic patients must learn to live with their condition

  7. chronic(Adjective)

    Inveterate or habitual.

    He's a chronic smoker

  8. chronic(Adjective)

    Very bad, awful.

    That concert was chronic

  9. chronic(Adjective)

    Extremely serious.

    They left him in a chronic condition

  10. chronic(Adjective)

    Good, great, as in "wicked"

    That was cool, chronic in fact

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chronic(adj)

    relating to time; according to time

  2. Chronic(adj)

    continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual

Freebase

  1. Chronic

    A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects. The term chronic is usually applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic diseases include arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. In medicine, the opposite of chronic is acute. A chronic course is further distinguished from a recurrent course; recurrent diseases relapse repeatedly, with periods of remission in between. The non-communicable diseases are also usually lasting medical conditions but are separated by their non-infectious causes. In contrast, some chronic diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, are caused by transmissible infections. Chronic diseases constitute a major cause of mortality and the World Health Organization reports chronic non-communicable conditions to be by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 35 million deaths in 2005 and over 60% of all deaths. Chronic illnesses cause about 70% of deaths in the US and in 2002 chronic conditions were 6 of the top ten causes of mortality in the general US population. 90% of seniors have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have two or more chronic conditions. For most people, medical conditions do not impair normal activities.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chronic' in Adjectives Frequency: #692


Translations for chronic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

chronic(adjective)

(especially of a disease) lasting a long time

a chronic illness.

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