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UK [ˈkrɒnɪk] / US [ˈkrɑnɪk] adjective
1) medical a chronic illness or chronic pain is serious and lasts for a long time. A serious illness or pain that lasts only for a short time is described as acute

chronic back pain

2) a chronic problem is always happening or returning and is very difficult to solve

a chronic shortage of food/money/resources

3) [usually before noun] doing something again and again, especially something harmful that you are unable or unwilling to stop doing

a chronic liar/smoker/workaholic

4) British informal very bad

The film was pretty chronic, but we had a good laugh.


Derived word:
chronically
UK [ˈkrɒnɪklɪ] / US [ˈkrɑnɪklɪ] adverb

chronically sick patients


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • chronic — [krän′ik] adj. [Fr cronique < L chronicus < Gr chronikos, of time < chronos, time] 1. lasting a long time or recurring often: said of a disease, and distinguished from ACUTE 2. having had an ailment for a long time [a chronic patient] 3 …   English World dictionary

  • Chronic — may refer to: Chronic (medicine), a disease that is long lasting and reoccurring. Chronic toxicity, a substance with toxic effects after continuous or repeated exposure The Chronic, a 1992 album by Dr. Dre 2001 (album) or The Chronic 2001, a 1999 …   Wikipedia

  • chronić — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}cz. ndk VIIb, chronićnię, chronićni, chroń, chronićniony {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} nie dopuszczać, by komuś lub czemuś stało się coś złego, szkodliwego; pilnować, strzec, ochraniać, zabezpieczać, osłaniać : {{/stl 7}}{{stl… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • chronic — is used of a disease that is long lasting (as opposed to acute), and has the same implication of continuing severity when used of other circumstances. An acute problem is intense but brief, whereas a chronic problem is severe and likely to… …   Modern English usage

  • Chronic — Chron ic, a. [L. chronicus, Gr. ? concerning time, from ? time: cf. F. chronique.] 1. Relating to time; according to time. [1913 Webster] 2. Continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual. [1913 Webster] {Chronic disease}, one which is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chronic — I adjective ceaseless, confirmed, constant, continual, continuing, continuous, cyclical, deep rooted, deep seated, drawn out, endless, enduring, entrenched, established, ever present, everlasting, extended, forever, frequent, habitual,… …   Law dictionary

  • chronic — early 15c., from O.Fr. chronique, from L. chronicus, from Gk. khronikos of time, from khronos time. Vague disapproving sense is from association with diseases (a connection found since c.1600) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chronic — *inveterate, confirmed, deep seated, deep rooted Analogous words: established, fixed, settled (see SET): *hardened, indurated, callous Antonyms: acute (of illness) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • CHRONIC — • chronic disease, rheumatoid arthritis, neoplasms, infections, cryoglobulinemia [conditions in which rheumatoid factor is produced] …   Dictionary of medical acronyms & abbreviations

  • chronic — [adj] incessant, never ending abiding, ceaseless, confirmed, constant, continual, continuing, continuous, deep rooted, deep seated, enduring, ever present, fixed, habitual, inborn, inbred, incurable, ineradicable, ingrained, inveterate, lasting,… …   New thesaurus

  • chronic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of an illness or problem) persisting for a long time. 2) having a persistent illness or bad habit. 3) Brit. informal very bad. DERIVATIVES chronically adverb chronicity noun. ORIGIN Greek khronikos of time , from khron …   English terms dictionary

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