[kron-ik] /ˈkrɒn ɪk/
constant; habitual; inveterate:
a chronic liar.
continuing a long time or recurring frequently:
a chronic state of civil war.
having long had a disease, habit, weakness, or the like:
a chronic invalid.
(of a disease) having long duration (opposed to ).
continuing for a long time; constantly recurring
(of a disease) developing slowly, or of long duration Compare acute (sense 7)
inveterate; habitual: a chronic smoker
early 15c., of diseases, “lasting a long time,” from Middle French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Greek khronikos “of time, concerning time,” from khronos “time” (see chrono-). Vague disapproving sense (from 17c.) is from association with diseases and later addictions.
chronic chron·ic (krŏn’ĭk)
Of long duration. Used of a disease of slow progress and long continuance.
Relating to an illness or medical condition that is characterized by long duration or frequent recurrence. Diabetes and hypertension are chronic diseases. Compare acute.
Marijuana; pot: Smoking a spliff of high-octane chronic (1990s+)
- Chronic atrophic thyroiditis
chronic atrophic thyroiditis n. Replacement of the thyroid gland by fibrous tissue.
- Chronic bronchitis
chronic bronchitis n. Inflammation of the bronchial mucous membrane characterized by cough, hypersecretion of mucus, and expectoration of sputum over a long period of time, associated with increased vulnerability to bronchial infection.
- Chronic desquamative gingivitis
chronic desquamative gingivitis n. A diffuse or patchy, often painful inflamed area of the gum caused by changes to the connective tissue as a result of the atrophy of epithelial cells. Also called gingivosis.
- Chronic disease
A disease of long duration. (Compare acute disease.)