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Definitions for Chronic
ˈkrɒn ɪkChron·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chronicadjective

    being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

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

  2. chronic, continuingadjective

    of long duration

    "chronic money problems"

  3. chronic, inveterateadjective


    "a chronic smoker"


  1. chronicnoun

    A chronic one

  2. chronicnoun

    Marijuana, typically of high quality.

  3. chronicnoun

    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. chronicadjective

    That continues over an extended period of time.

  5. chronicadjective

    Prolonged or slow to heal. The opposite of acute.

  6. chronicadjective

    suffering from such affliction

    Chronic patients must learn to live with their condition

  7. chronicadjective

    Inveterate or habitual.

    He's a chronic smoker

  8. chronicadjective

    Very bad, awful.

    That concert was chronic

  9. chronicadjective

    Extremely serious.

    They left him in a chronic condition

  10. chronicadjective

    Good, great, as in "wicked"

    That was cool, chronic in fact

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chronicadjective

    relating to time; according to time

  2. Chronicadjective

    continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual

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


  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.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. chronicnoun

    See marijuana. Incredibly potent marijuana, it started out as weed laced with coke. "The Chronic" -- Dr. Dre (The Chronic).

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of Chronic in a Sentence

  1. Libby Mullin:

    We have seen a lot of innovation in states in terms of coverage of oral health as of late, we don't want to see that progress rolled back, oral disease really starts with the pregnant mother who can transmit the disease to her child; so, by age 2, children can have progressive and chronic problems. The longer we wait, because of the progressive nature of oral disease, the more expensive the problems become.

  2. Daniel Horton:

    We ca n’t say with certainty that it is the antibiotics that cause arthritis, that said, we need to acknowledge that antibiotics have a long – and growing – list of potential downsides, both short-term side effects including fever and allergic reactions and long-term risks such as drug resistance and the development of chronic diseases.

  3. Harry Johns:

    Alzheimer's is really like nothing else in chronic disease because it is so devastating to the family and caregivers as well as the people who have it, six million people have it now, and by mid-century that's going to double because of the aging of the population. If you figure at least two caregivers per afflicted person, that's an enormous toll on the country.

  4. Diego Recalde:

    In Guatemala, 170,000 families, approximately 900,000 people, have no food reserves left. This is the third consecutive year they have been hit by drought, this is a slow emergency that's not visible but we can already notice chronic child malnutrition is increasing.

  5. United States:

    This is a very well-done report, very believable, and fits well with this emerging knowledge about the impacts of air pollution on a series of chronic diseases, i think you can very directly link relaxation of air pollution control standards with increased sickness and death.

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