valetudinarian

[val-i-tood-n-air-ee-uhn, -tyood-]
noun
1.
an invalid.
2.
a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments.
adjective
3.
in poor health; sickly; invalid.
4.
excessively concerned about one's poor health or ailments.
5.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by invalidism.

Origin:
1695–1705; valetudinary + -an

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valetudinarian or valetudinary (ˌvælɪˌtjuːdɪˈnɛərɪən, ˌvælɪˈtjuːdɪnərɪ)
 
n , pl -narians, -naries
1.  a person who is or believes himself to be chronically sick; invalid
2.  a person excessively worried about the state of his health; hypochondriac
 
adj
3.  relating to, marked by, or resulting from poor health
4.  being a valetudinarian
5.  trying to return to a healthy state
 
[C18: from Latin valētūdō state of health, from valēre to be well]
 
valetudinary or valetudinary
 
n
 
adj
 
[C18: from Latin valētūdō state of health, from valēre to be well]
 
valetudi'narianism or valetudinary
 
n

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valetudinarian
"one who is constantly concerned with his own ailments," 1703, from valetudinary (1581), from L. valetudinarius, from valetudo "state of health," from valere "be strong" (see valiant) + -tudo, abstract noun suffix. Valetudinary (adj.) "sickly" is recorded from 1581.
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valetudinarian val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an (vāl'ĭ-tōōd'n-âr'ē-ən, -tyōōd'-)
n.
A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health. adj.

  1. Chronically ailing; sickly.

  2. Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.

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But besides the self-deception, the strong and hasty laborers of the street do not work well with the chronic valetudinarian.
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