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Chronic

Chronic refers to something that continues over an extended period of time. A chronic condition is usually long-lasting and does not easily or quickly go away.

Chronic is the opposite of acute.

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Acute vs. chronic conditions

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Taber's Medical Dictionary Online website. www.tabers.com/tabersonline. Accessed March 7, 2019.

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