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 Dictionary entry overview: What does chronic mean? 

CHRONIC (adjective)
  The adjective CHRONIC has 1 sense:

1. being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

  Familiarity information: CHRONIC used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CHRONIC (adjective)

Sense 1chronic [BACK TO TOP]


Being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

Context examples:

chronic indigestion / a chronic shortage of funds / a chronic invalid


degenerative ((of illness) marked by gradual deterioration of organs and cells along with loss of function)

prolonged ((of illness) developing slowly or of long duration)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)


acute (having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course)

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