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See also: chronić
- chronick (obsolete)
- Of a problem, that continues over an extended period of time.
chronic unemployment; chronic poverty; chronic anger
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 8, in The China Governess:
- It was a casual sneer, obviously one of a long line. There was hatred behind it, but of a quiet, chronic type, nothing new or unduly virulent, and he was taken aback by the flicker of amazed incredulity that passed over the younger man's ravaged face.
- (medicine) Prolonged or slow to heal.
chronic cough; chronic headache; chronic illness
- Of a person, suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal.
Chronic patients must learn to live with their condition.
- Inveterate or habitual.
He's a chronic smoker.
- (slang) Very bad, awful.
That concert was chronic.
- (informal) Extremely serious.
They left him in a chronic condition.
- (slang) Good, great, as in "wicked".
That was cool, chronic in fact.
that continues over an extended period of time
medical: prolonged or slow to heal
suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal
inveterate or habitual
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- (slang) Marijuana, typically of high quality.
- (medicine) A condition of extended duration, either continuous or marked by frequent recurrence. Sometimes implies a condition which worsens with each recurrence, though that is not inherent in the term.
- A person who is chronic, such as a criminal reoffender or a person with chronic disease.
2003, Philip Bean, Crime: Critical Concepts in Sociology, page 376:
- Of fifty-five boys scoring four or more, fifteen were chronic offenders (out of twenty-three chronics altogether) […]
- See also Wikisaurus:marijuana