What does chronic mean?

Definitions for chronicˈkrɒn ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word chronic.

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"

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

  3. Origin: [L. chronicus, Gr. concerning time, from time: cf. F. chronique.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chronic

    -al, kron′ik, -al, adj. lasting a long time: of a disease, deep seated or long continued, as opposed to acute.—n. Chron′ic, chronic invalid. [Gr. chronikoschronos, time.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chronic in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chronic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Eric Hoffer:

    It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable.

  2. Rebecca Utz:

    That feeling may be inducing some of these chemical changes that may set them up for chronic inflammation and possibly chronic disease in the future. a person does not have to die to experience a loss.

  3. Irwin Redlener:

    We need to really understand how health and education are inexorably linked, this is the case for all children, but is especially important for children who face additional chronic adversities like poverty, toxic stress or chronic illness.

  4. Jessica Zwerling:

    As we get older the brain can get smaller, so the bridging veins can have small bleeds and patients may need to be screened cognitively with an examination as well as imaging to look for subtle chronic subdural hematomas that can interfere with walking and cognition and cause chronic complaints.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Nie odziedziczą nasze matki ziemi po naszych przodkach, lecz po prostu pożyczyć ją od naszych dzieci i naszych najbliższych przyszłych pokoleń. Musimy utrzymać jej piękno, elegancję i wdzięk; i chronić ją przed materiałów niebezpiecznych dla środowiska - które powinny być nasze zaangażowanie na dzień ziemi!

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