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English definition of “chronic”

chronic

adjective (LONG-LASTING)    /ˈkrɒn.ɪk/ US  /ˈkrɑː.nɪk/
C2 (especially of a disease or something bad) continuing for a long time: chronic diseases/conditions chronic arthritis/pain a chronic invalid There is a chronic shortage of teachers.Continuous and permanentDisease and illness - general words chronically     /ˈkrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /ˈkrɑː.nɪ-/ adverb care for the chronically sickContinuous and permanentDisease and illness - general words
(Definition of chronic adjective (LONG-LASTING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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