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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 220.127.116.11 (talk) 21:52, 21 October 2008 (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.
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.