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valetudinary

[val-i-tood-n-er-ee, -tyood-] /ˌvæl ɪˈtud nˌɛr i, -ˈtyud-/
noun, plural valetudinaries.
Origin of valetudinary
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin valētūdinārius sickly, equivalent to valētūdin- (stem of valētūdō) good or bad state of health (valē(re) to be well + -tūdō -tude) + -ārius -ary
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  • An adagio may set a gouty father to sleep, and a capriccio may operate successfully on the nerves of a valetudinary mother.

valetudinary in Medicine

valetudinary val·e·tu·di·nar·y (vāl'ĭ-tōōd'n-ěr'ē, -tyōōd'-)
adj.
Of, relating to, or typical of a valetudinarian. n.
A valetudinarian.

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