Meaning of “chronic” in the English Dictionary

"chronic" in British English

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chronicadjective

uk /ˈkrɒn.ɪk/ us /ˈkrɑː.nɪk/

chronic adjective (LONG-LASTING)

C2 (especially of a disease or something bad) continuing for a long time:

chronic arthritis/pain
a chronic invalid
There is a chronic shortage of teachers.

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  • She suffers from chronic pain in her knees.
  • I have a chronic bowel disease.
  • There is a chronic shortage of nursing staff.
chronically
adverb uk /ˈkrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˈkrɑː.nɪ.kəl.i/

care for the chronically sick

(Definition of “chronic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chronic" in American English

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chronicadjective

us /ˈkrɑn·ɪk/

(esp. of a disease or something bad) continuing for a long time:

Mr. George is resigning because of chronic heart disease.
There is a chronic shortage of teachers.
chronically
adverb us /ˈkrɑn·ɪk·li/

The hospital provides care to chronically ill patients for as long as they need it.

(Definition of “chronic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)