[in-vuh-li-diz-uh m]


prolonged ill health.

Origin of invalidism

First recorded in 1785–95; invalid1 + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for invalidism

Contemporary Examples of invalidism

Historical Examples of invalidism

  • He is afraid of invalidism interfering with the business of life.

  • He is a trifle eccentric, but his invalidism gains him many excuses.

    The Bondwoman

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • Old age and invalidism had made the restless man a stay-at-home.

  • Again, invalidism is the normal state of many organizations.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Mrs. Archinards invalidism was evidently not altogether fictitious.

    The Dull Miss Archinard

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

British Dictionary definitions for invalidism



the state of being an invalid, esp by reason of ill health
a state of being abnormally preoccupied with one's physical health
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