chronic Definition

  • 1persisting for a long time or constantly recurring
  • 2of a disease or medical condition: having a slow onset and lasting for a long time

Using chronic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "chronic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He has chronic back pain.

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    The country is facing a chronic shortage of doctors.

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    She suffers from chronic depression.

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    The company has been in a chronic state of decline for years.

chronic Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with chronic

  • a disease that persists for a long time and often cannot be cured completely


    Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

  • a disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition


    She was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome after experiencing persistent exhaustion for months.

  • pain that persists for a long time, often longer than the expected healing time for an injury or illness


    Chronic pain can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life.

Origins of chronic

from Greek 'khronikos', meaning 'of time'


Summary: chronic in Brief

The term 'chronic' [ˈkrɒnɪk] refers to something that persists for a long time or constantly recurs. It is often used to describe medical conditions or diseases that have a slow onset and last for a long time, such as 'chronic back pain' or 'chronic fatigue syndrome.' 'Chronic' can also describe non-medical situations, such as a 'chronic shortage of doctors' or a 'chronic state of decline.'

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