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valetudinary

[val-i-tood-n-er-ee, -tyood-] /ˌvæl ɪˈtud nˌɛr i, -ˈtyud-/
noun, plural valetudinaries.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for valetudinary

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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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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