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definition of the word chronic

by the Wiktionnary

From chronical < Old French chronique < Latin chronicus < Ancient Greek  (khronikos), of time) < Ancient Greek χρόνος (khronos), time).

chronic (comparative more chronic, superlative most chronic)


more chronic

most chronic

  1. (of a problem) That which continues over an extended period of time, often associated with suffering ("long suffering").
  2. (medicine) Prolonged or slow to heal. The opposite of acute.
  3. (medicine) A condition of extended duration, either continuous or marked by frequent recurrence. Sometimes implies a worsening condition (a condition which gets worse with each recurrence), though this definition is not inherent in the term.
  4. Inveterate or habitual.
    a chronic smoker
  5. (informal) Very bad, awful.
    that concert was chronic
  6. (informal) Extremely serious.
    they left him in a chronic condition

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