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Main Entry: 1chron·ic
Pronunciation: primarystresskrän-ik
Variant(s): also chron·i·cal /-i-kschwal/
Function: adjective
1 a : marked by long duration, by frequent recurrence over a long time, and often by slowly progressing seriousness : not acute <chronic indigestion> <her hallucinations became chronic> b : suffering from a disease or ailment of long duration or frequent recurrence <a chronic arthritic> <chronic sufferers from asthma>
2 a : having a slow progressive course of indefinite duration -- used especially of degenerative invasive diseases, some infections, psychoses, and inflammations <chronic heart disease> <chronic arthritis> <chronic tuberculosis> -- compare ACUTE 2b(1) b : infected with a disease-causing agent (as a virus) and remaining infectious over a long period of time but not necessarily expressing symptoms <chronic carriers may remain healthy but still transmit the virus causing hepatitis B>
- chron·i·cal·ly /-i-k(schwa-)lemacron/ adverb
- chro·nic·i·ty /krä-primarystressnis-schwat-emacron, kromacr-/ noun, plural -ties

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