Hypertext Webster Gateway: "chronic"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Chronic \Chron"ic\, a. [L. chronicus, Gr. ? concerning time,
from ? time: cf. F. chronique.]
1. Relating to time; according to time.

2. Continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual.

{Chronic disease}, one which is inveterate, of long
continuance, or progresses slowly, in distinction from an
acute disease, which speedly terminates.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (medicine) being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized
by long suffering; "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic
shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid" [ant: {acute}]
2: having a habit of long standing; "a chronic smoker" [syn: {confirmed},
{habitual}, {inveterate(a)}]

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