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valetudinarian

[val-i-tood-n-air-ee-uh n, -tyood-] /ˌvæl ɪˌtud nˈɛər i ən, -ˌtyud-/
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
1695-1705; valetudinary + -an
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for valetudinarian

valetudinarian

/ˌvælɪˌtjuːdɪˈnɛərɪən/
noun (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
adjective
3.
relating to, marked by, or resulting from poor health
4.
being a valetudinarian
5.
trying to return to a healthy state
Derived Forms
valetudinarianism, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin valētūdō state of health, from valēre to be well
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Word Origin and History for valetudinarian
n.

"one who is constantly concerned with his own ailments," 1703, from valetudinary (1580s), from Latin valetudinarius, from valetudo "state of health," from valere "be strong" (see valiant) + -tudo, abstract noun suffix (see -tude). Valetudinary (adj.) "sickly" is recorded from 1580s.

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valetudinarian in Medicine

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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