valetudinary

valetudinary

[val-i-tood-n-er-ee, -tyood-]
noun, plural valetudinaries.

Origin:
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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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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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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