chron·ic /-ɪkəl/ 形容詞
1. Relating to time; according to time.
2. Continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual.
Chronic disease, one which is inveterate, of long continuance, or progresses slowly, in distinction from an acute disease, which speedly terminates.
adj 1: being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long
suffering; "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage
of funds"; "a chronic invalid" [ant: acute]
2: having a habit of long standing; "a chronic smoker" [syn: confirmed,