1 (esp of a disease) lasting for a long time; continually recurring （尤指疾病）长期的, 慢性的; 连续复发的
*chronic bronchitis, arthritis, etc 慢性支气管炎、关节炎等
* the country's chronic unemployment problem 国家的长期失业问题. Cf 参看 acute.
2 having had a disease or a habit for a long time 长期患病的; 长期有某种习惯的
*a chronic alcoholic, invalid, etc 长期酗酒的、病弱的等.
3 (Brit sl 俚) very bad 极坏的
*The film was absolutely chronic. 这个电影糟透了.
1400-1500; Language: French;Origin:
chronique, from Greek
chronikos 'of time'
, from chronos; CHRON-
a chronic disease or illness is one that continues for a long time and cannot be cured
→acute chronic arthritis chronic asthma chronic heart disease
a chronic problem is one that continues for a long time and cannot easily be solved a period of recession and chronic unemployment There is now a chronic shortage of teachers.chronic alcoholic/gambler etc
someone who has behaved in a particular way for a long time and cannot stop He was a chronic alcoholic and unable to hold down a job. a chronic smokerBrE informal
extremely bad The food was absolutely chronic!>chronically
1. She´s developed a chronic cough. 她的咳嗽已成了一种慢性病。