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valetudinary

[val-i-tood-n-er-ee, -tyood-]
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noun, plural val·e·tu·di·nar·ies.
  1. valetudinarian.

Origin of valetudinary

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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Examples from the Web for valetudinary

Historical Examples

  • An adagio may set a gouty father to sleep, and a capriccio may operate successfully on the nerves of a valetudinary mother.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

    Robert Means Lawrence


valetudinary in Medicine

valetudinary

(văl′ĭ-tōōdn-ĕr′ē)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or typical of a valetudinarian.
n.
  1. A valetudinarian.
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