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Adjective: chronic  kró-nik
  1. (medicine) being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering
    "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid"
  2. Persisting for a long time
    "chronic money problems";
    - continuing
  3. Habitual
    "a chronic smoker";
    - inveterate
  4. [Brit, informal] Very bad or serious
    "unemployment was chronic"

See also: degenerative, long, usual

Antonym: acute

Encyclopedia: Chronic