(Greek: a suffix; pertaining to; of the nature of, like; in chemistry, it denotes a higher valence of the element than is expressed by -ous)

chronic (adjective), more chronic, most chronic
1. A reference to diseases, etc. that lasts a long time: Rheumatism is usually a chronic ailment.
2. Descriptive of expressions of disapproval involving severe and objectionable behavior: Mike's friend was a chronic liar to such a degree that even when he told the truth no one believed him.
Relating to a perpetual habit or behavior.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Descriptive of having a continuous and prolonged bad habit.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

chronistic (adjective), more chronistic , most chronistic
Pertaining to, or in relation to, time or a time scale: Mrs. Dawson had a chronistic chart in her classroom showing the students the dates and events regarding the history of the U.S.
chronoscopic (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to an optical instrument that measures precise intervals of very small time sequences: A chronoscopic is an electronic device that accurately monitors very brief periods of time, such as in determining the velocity of projectiles.
chronosemic (adjective), more chronosemic, most chronosemic
Referring to the intervals of time with a fixed significance: Chronosemic periods of time can be used in systems of signaling, or by exposing visual objects or sounding audible signals for selected phases of time.
chronotherapeutic (adjective) (not comparable)
1. A reference to the treatment of certain sleep disorders by capitalizing on the natural phase delay in adults: One kind of chronotherapeutic cure for a sleep disturbance is when bedtime is successively advanced by one to several hours each day until the individual can retire, sleep, and arise at appropriate times.

2. A descriptive term referring to the treatment of a sleep disorder, such as insomnia: A chronotherapeutic remedy of an irritating sleeping difficulty is by by changing a person's sleeping and waking times in an attempt to reset the patient's biological clock.
, 3. Referring to the administration of medication in coordination with the body's circadian rhythms (biological activities that occur during a 24-hour interval) to maximize effectiveness of treatment and to minimize any side effects: The chronotherapeutic spray for Jill's throat that Dr. Smart gave her proved to be very helpful and had absolutely no bad consequences for the following day.
chronotropic (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to something that affects the rate of rhythmic movements of the heart: Chronotropic effects can be produced by certain drugs which can change the heart rate and rhythm.
chthonic (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Relating to the geological underworld as described in Greek mythology: In the story “The Underground Palace of Pluto” the giants Typhon, Briareus, Enceladus and their brothers were buried alive under Mount Aetna, where they still try to get loose from their chthonic abode, as indicated by the earthquakes that cause the island to tremble and to vibrate.
2. A reference to a life in or beneath the surface of the earth: Part of the basement of Don's house had a tunnel leading into the rock caverns in the mountainside where it was believed that chthonic spirits led a mischievous existence.
3. Etymology: from Greek khthonios, "in the earth"; from khthon, "the earth, solid surface of the earth" (mostly poetic).
Resembling the dark and mysterious areas below the surface of the earth.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

The process and formation of chyle; such as, the chylopoetic organs.
Of or relating to the clitoris.
1. Relating to abnormal neuromuscular activity characterized by rapidly alternating muscle contraction and relaxation.
2. A reference to clonus; alternately contracting and relaxing the muscles.
Washing off, carrying away by the rushing of waters; washing, cleansing; to clean.