Talk:Chronic (medicine)

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Should addiction be added as another example of a chronic

Saaraleigh 18:11, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

Or should addiction be added as an example of a genetic disease?

Or should addiction be added as an example of a social disease or simply a genetic lack of resolve and personal responsibility. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:52, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Should PREGNANCY be listed as a chronic condition? Surely not!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:12, 4 February 2009 (UTC)


The section on the use of "chronic" metaphorically should be removed. The work "chronic" is from the Greek "chronos" meaning "time". The word now is defined as follows by Merriam-Websters.

"1 a: marked by long duration or frequent recurrence : not acute <chronic indigestion> <chronic experiments> b: suffering from a chronic disease <the special needs of chronic patients>2 a: always present or encountered; especially : constantly vexing, weakening, or troubling <chronic petty warfare> b: being such habitually <a chronic grumbler>"

As always, the first definition in a dictionary is the more specialized definition, but even it is not confined to illness (e.g., chronic experiments). The second defintion implies an incredibly generalized meaning.

"Chronic inflation" is using defintion 2a of the word chronic. Please delete the entire section. This has nothing to do with metaphor.


Should this page be moved to Chronic disease? It currently starts "A chronic disease is..." Biosthmors (talk) 18:43, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

Lay understanding[edit]

To me, as a doctor, "chronic" does, indeed, mean "long-standing; long duration".

Many people, however, use the word to mean something like "bad; worse than I'd expect; severe". So when a doctor refers to a chronic pain, they mean one that has gone on for a long time (or is likely to do so); a patient may just use the word to emphasise the pain's severity.

I don't know how or whether to reflect this in this article.

--peter_english (talk) 14:11, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

Lyme Disease[edit]

As far as I know Lyme Disease is not recognised as a chronic disease by the medical community. Is this correct? :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:24, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Human only?[edit]

Is there a reason the intro states chronic diseases are a "human" health condition? Although the examples are slanted towards humans, I would assume that a chronic disease is based on the time of the illness, not the species. SabarCont 08:42, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Three-fold classification?[edit]

Does the paragraph

In medicine, the opposite of chronic is acute. A chronic course is further distinguished from a recurrent course; recurrent diseases relapse repeatedly, with periods of remission in between.

hint at a three-fold classification of diseases: chronic/acute/recurrent? (talk) 13:41, 13 September 2014 (UTC)