chronic [kron-ik] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective
- 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 ).
- Slang. .
Also chron·i·cal. Origin of chronic 1595–1605; Latin chronicus Greek chronikós, equivalent to chrón(os) time + -ikosRelated formschron·i·cal·ly, adverbchro·nic·i·ty [kro-nis-i-tee] /krɒˈnɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·chron·ic, adjectivenon·chron·i·cal, adjectivenon·chron·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·chron·ic, adjectivesub·chron·i·cal, adjectivesub·chron·i·cal·ly, adverbun·chron·ic, adjectiveun·chron·i·cal·ly, adverbCan be confused chronicSynonyms for chronic 1. , . Examples from the Web for chronical Historical Examples of chronical
I have oft known the acute and chronical diseases of afflicted ones relieved by prayer without any natural means.
A vitiated digestion I believe always terminates, if not cured, in the production of some chronical disorder.
And scarce any one chronical distemper whatever, but has some degree of this evil faithfully attending it.
William Andrus Alcott
It raged mostly among children and youths, and was wont to affect them with a long and, as it were, a chronical sickness.
We often wish that some gallant, useful man, who is dying of a chronical disease, might yet live longer.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
British Dictionary definitions for chronical chronic adjective
- continuing for a long time; constantly recurring
- (of a disease) developing slowly, or of long durationCompare
- inveterate; habituala chronic smoker
- very badthe play was chronic
- very serioushe left her in a chronic condition
Derived Formschronically, adverbchronicity (krɒˈnɪsɪtɪ), nounWord Origin for chronic C15: from Latin chronicus relating to time, from Greek khronikos, from khronos time Word Origin and History for chronical 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). Vague disapproving sense (from 17c.) is from association with diseases and later addictions.
chronical in Medicine chronic [krŏn′ĭk] adj.
- Of long duration. Used of a disease of slow progress and long continuance.
chronical 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.