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chronic

[kron-ik] /ˈkrɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
constant; habitual; inveterate:
a chronic liar.
2.
continuing a long time or recurring frequently:
a chronic state of civil war.
3.
having long had a disease, habit, weakness, or the like:
a chronic invalid.
4.
(of a disease) having long duration (opposed to acute).
noun
5.
Slang. cronic.
Also, chronical.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin chronicus < Greek chronikós, equivalent to chrón(os) time + -ikos -ic
Related forms
chronically, adverb
chronicity
[kro-nis-i-tee] /krɒˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonchronic, adjective
nonchronical, adjective
nonchronically, adverb
subchronic, adjective
subchronical, adjective
subchronically, adverb
unchronic, adjective
unchronically, adverb
Can be confused
acute, chronic.
Synonyms
1. confirmed, hardened.
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British Dictionary definitions for chronicity

chronic

/ˈkrɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
continuing for a long time; constantly recurring
2.
(of a disease) developing slowly, or of long duration Compare acute (sense 7)
3.
inveterate; habitual a chronic smoker
4.
(informal)
  1. very bad the play was chronic
  2. very serious he left her in a chronic condition
Derived Forms
chronically, adverb
chronicity (krɒˈnɪsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin chronicus relating to time, from Greek khronikos, from khronos time
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Word Origin and History for chronicity

chronic

adj.

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.

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chronicity in Medicine

chronic chron·ic (krŏn'ĭk)
adj.
Of long duration. Used of a disease of slow progress and long continuance.

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chronicity in Science
chronic
  (krŏn'ĭk)   
Relating to an illness or medical condition that is characterized by long duration or frequent recurrence. Diabetes and hypertension are chronic diseases. Compare acute.
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Slang definitions & phrases for chronicity

chronic

noun

Marijuana; pot: Smoking a spliff of high-octane chronic (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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