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acromegaly a chronic disease causing abnormal enlargement of the hands, feet, and parts of the face, usu. caused by a tumor of the pituitary gland.
arteriosclerosis a chronic disease of the arteries in which inelastic and thickened vessel walls reduce blood flow.
asthma a chronic respiratory disorder characterized by labored breathing, wheezing, and a feeling of tightness in the chest, often caused by an allergy.
Bright's disease chronic inflammation of the blood vessels in the kidneys.
celiac one who has celiac disease, a chronic nutritional deficiency. [1/2 definitions]
cirrhosis a chronic, often fatal, disease of the liver in which excessive tissue is formed resulting in blockage of circulation.
cretinism a chronic disease that is usu. present at birth and is due to a deficiency of thyroid hormone, resulting in physical and mental stunting, deformity, and often goiter.
delirium tremens a condition caused by chronic excessive drinking of alcohol and characterized by hallucinations, trembling, and anxiety.
diabetes mellitus a chronic and potentially fatal form of diabetes characterized by insulin deficiency, excess sugar in the blood and urine, and abnormal thirst and hunger.
d.t.'s abbreviation of "delirium tremens," a condition caused by chronic excessive drinking of alcohol and characterized by hallucinations, trembling, and anxiety.
elephantiasis a chronic tropical disease, usu. caused by nematode worms, marked by lymphatic obstruction that results in an enormous enlargement and hardening of the skin and tissue just below the skin, esp. of the legs and scrotum.
enduring long-lasting, permanent, chronic, or persistent. [1/2 definitions]
filariasis an infestation of filarial worms in the bloodstream, lymphatic system, and other tissues which causes chronic swelling, blindness, or elephantiasis if untreated.
housemaid's knee chronic inflammation of the area at the front of the kneecap, usu. due to much kneeling.
hysteria a chronic pathological disorder characterized by violent outbursts of emotion and sensory or motor disturbances such as hallucination or paralysis. [1/2 definitions]
insomniac a person who has chronic difficulty in getting to sleep. [1/3 definitions]
inveterate firmly established after continuing for some time, as a chronic illness. [1/2 definitions]
lead poisoning chronic or acute poisoning caused by the ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin of lead or lead salts, characterized by anemia, constipation, abdominal pain, or convulsions, and sometimes resulting in paralysis or coma.
negativism a chronic tendency toward skepticism or doubt.
psoriasis a chronic disease of the skin that causes dry, scaly patches.
pyorrhea alveolaris a chronic inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets leading to the formation of pockets of pus between the gum and tooth, erosion of bone matter, and eventual loosening and loss of the tooth.