also chron*i*cal adj 1 a : marked by long duration, by frequent recurrence over a long time, and often by slowly progressing seriousness : not acute < indigestion> <her hallucinations became > b : suffering from a disease or ailment of long duration or frequent recurrence <a arthritic> < sufferers from asthma> 2 : having a slow progressive course of indefinite duration - used esp. of degenerative invasive diseases, some infections, psychoses, inflammations, and the carrier state < heart disease> < arthritis> < tuberculosis> < carrier> - compare ACUTE2b(1) chron*i*cal*ly adv chro*nic*i*ty n pl -ties
n : one that suffers from a chronic disease .
Similar sounding terms: cho·ri·on·ic chronica shrink
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