Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of long duration; continuing: chronic money problems.
  • adj. Lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases: chronic colitis.
  • adj. Subject to a habit or pattern of behavior for a long time: a chronic liar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a problem, that continues over an extended period of time.
  • adj. Prolonged or slow to heal.
  • adj. Of a person, suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal.
  • adj. Inveterate or habitual.
  • adj. Very bad, awful.
  • adj. Extremely serious.
  • adj. Good, great, as in "wicked"
  • n. A chronic one
  • n. Marijuana, typically of high quality.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to time; according to time.
  • adj. Continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to time; having reference to time. Specifically
  • Continuing a long time; inveterate or of long continuance, as a disease; hence, mild as to intensity and slow as to progress: in pathology, opposed to acute.
  • Also, rarely, chronical.
  • n. A chronicle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of long duration
  • adj. habitual
  • adj. being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

Etymologies

French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Greek khronikos, of time, from khronos, time.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From chronical, from Old French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Ancient Greek χρονικός (khronikos, "of time"), from χρόνος (khronos, "time"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The procedure is named after the Italian doctor who spearheaded it, Dr. Paolo Zamboni, who coined the term chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency to describe the phenomenon he believes is behind MS. The idea is that blocked or narrowed veins trigger the debilitating illness, and he developed a procedure in which tiny balloons are inserted in the veins - a form of angioplasty.

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  • Temperance advocates (and they were legion) argued that moderate drinking inevitably led to alcoholism (which they called chronic drunkenness or inebriation) in the same way that Alcoholics Anonymous today says alcohol effects the minority of drinkers who are alcoholics.

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  • Like Alan was saying earlier, we do know that there's an increased risk of developing what we call chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is a cause of dementia later in life that is due to repetitive head trauma earlier in life.

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  • When people are recovering from an illness, or when they are what we call chronic invalids, they often enjoy and are helped by being amused or occupied.

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  • Diamond warned that the single currency's problems were not going to disappear - which he dubbed "chronic event risk", and said it was important to support David Cameron and George Osborne's efforts to put Britain's public finances back on track.

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