Part of speech: adjective

Continuing for a long period; inveterate, as disease.

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Usage examples "chronic":

  1. As might be expected, many of them suffer from chronic rheumatism. - "Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877", James Kennedy.
  2. I do not know the percentage of those who depart never to return, but it must be considerable; the land is full of chronic grass- widows. - "Old Calabria", Norman Douglas.
  3. Some time before these reiterated ceremonies Christmas had been born, and I was grateful to the old mare, whose chronic cough had become one of the sounds of the Island, for he is an ornament, a chum, a companion, and a real character. - "My Tropic Isle", E J Banfield.