chronic

Definitions

General English

Food

  • adjective used for describing a disease or condition that lasts for a long time.
  • adjective used for describing severe pain

Health Economics

  • (written as Chronic)
    Long-lasting. The US National Center for Health Statistics defines it as of three or more months' duration.

Medical

  • adjective referring to serious pain

Slang

  • adjective excellent, powerful. One of many appropriations of negative words as vogue terms of approbation in adolescent speech, such as bad, wicked, brutal, etc. Chronic appeared in the late 1990s.
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