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Definition of chronic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    chronic

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈkrɑnɪk//
     
     
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  1. 1(especially of a disease) lasting for a long time; difficult to cure or get rid of chronic bronchitis/arthritis/asthma the country's chronic unemployment problem a chronic shortage of housing in rural areas opposite acute
  2. 2having had a disease for a long time a chronic alcoholic/depressive
chronically
 
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NAmE//ˈkrɑnɪkli//
 
adverb a hospital for the chronically ill
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