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Dictionary Definition:


continuing or occurring again and again for a long time

chronic pain

chronic illness

chronic experiments

 see also chronic diseasechronic fatigue syndromechronic obstructive pulmonary diseasechronic traumatic encephalopathychronic wasting disease


being, providing, or requiring long-term medical care (as for a chronic disease)

chronic medical care

the special needs of chronic patients



always present or encountered

especially constantly vexing, weakening, or troubling

chronic petty warfare

… chronic meddling in one another’s domestic affairs …Amatzia Baram


being such habitually

chronic grumbler

Elizabeth's take on this term...

Symptoms that are continual or re-occuring. As in chronic inflammation. Autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis are considered chronic diseases.

The opposite of acute symptoms, which are severe and intense for a brief period.

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