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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

    habitual

    "a chronic smoker"

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. Chronicadjective

    continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual

    Etymology: [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.]

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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    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. Mike Kelly:

    The surgeon general reframed the discussion [ about the opioid crisis ] to everyone who is at risk, not just people illicitly using drugs, he did n’t just talk about heroin, he talked about the use of opioids for chronic pain. Many of those prescriptions are at doses where patients are at risk.

  2. Anne Germain:

    There are plenty of data supporting the idea that nightmares that become chronic are very detrimental to well-being -- sleep is disrupted, we think about dreams during the day and become distressed.

  3. Eric Hoffer:

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

  4. Jonathan Shenkin:

    This study simply adds to the body of evidence that associates secondhand smoke and an increased risk of tooth decay among children, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in childhood.

  5. Timothy Affleck:

    I was a chronic, severe alcoholic for several years, i had to recover and, happily, I did. Ben has always been serious about getting sober. There is no question about that. He wants a balanced life and he is working at it.

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