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Definition of Chronic Disease

(noun) A condition or disease that is persistent in its effects; a return to pre-onset normalcy is the exception.

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: chronic diseases
  • Chronic disease is contrasted to acute disease.

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Works Consulted

Cockerham, William C, ed. 2010. The New Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Cockerham, William C., and Ferris Joseph Ritchey. 1997. Dictionary of Medical Sociology. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Kendall, Diana. 2011. Sociology in Our Times. 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Kent, Michael. 2007. The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

Martin, Elizabeth, ed. 2010. Concise Medical Dictionary. 8th ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Chronic Disease

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “chronic disease.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/chronic-disease/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

chronic disease. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/chronic-disease/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “chronic disease.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/chronic-disease/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“chronic disease.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/chronic-disease/>.