|1.||continuing for a long time; constantly recurring|
|2.||Compare acute (of a disease) developing slowly, or of long duration|
|3.||inveterate; habitual: a chronic smoker|
|a. very bad: the play was chronic|
|b. very serious: he left her in a chronic condition|
|[C15: from Latin chronicus relating to time, from Greek khronikos, from khronos time]|
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.