being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering
"chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid"
of long duration
"chronic money problems"
"a chronic smoker"
A chronic one
Marijuana, typically of high quality.
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.
That continues over an extended period of time.
Prolonged or slow to heal. The opposite of acute.
suffering from such affliction
Chronic patients must learn to live with their condition
Inveterate or habitual.
He's a chronic smoker
Very bad, awful.
That concert was chronic
They left him in a chronic condition
Good, great, as in "wicked"
That was cool, chronic in fact
relating to time; according to time
continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual
Origin: [L. chronicus, Gr. concerning time, from time: cf. F. chronique.]
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
-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. chronikos—chronos, time.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'chronic' in Adjectives Frequency: #692
The numerical value of chronic in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of chronic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's a form of sleep bulimia with this chronic binging.
Chronic sleep deprivation has lots of negative consequences.
It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable.
We've got an increase in both severe acute malnutrition and chronic malnutrition.
People living with chronic conditions need to maintain treatment before complications set in.
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Translations for chronic
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- привичен, хроничен, продължителен, дълготраенBulgarian
- crònicCatalan, Valencian
- crónico, crónicaSpanish
- crónico, crónicaGalician
- 만성병 환자Korean
- chronicum, chronicusLatin
- crónico, crónicaPortuguese
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