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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)







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

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chronically
adverb uk   /ˈkrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˈkrɑː.nɪ.kəl.i/
care for the chronically sick
(Definition of chronic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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