valetudinarian [val-i-tood-n- air-ee- uh n, -tyood-] noun an invalid. a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments. adjective in poor health; sickly; invalid. excessively concerned about one's poor health or ailments. of, relating to, or characterized by invalidism.
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Examples from the Web for valetudinarian Historical Examples of valetudinarian
What is stranger still, with all this he was something of a
Dr. Howe, with all his energy of body and of mind, was somewhat of a
Old, used up,
valetudinarian, he only revived after a sentence of death.
Valetudinarian is a man subject to some affliction, imaginary or real, or it may be both.
valetudinarian majority should make the youngest of us pause and reflect. British Dictionary definitions for valetudinarian valetudinarian valetudinary ( ˌvælɪˈtjuːdɪnərɪ) noun plural -narians or -naries a person who is or believes himself to be chronically sick; invalid a person excessively worried about the state of his health; hypochondriac adjective relating to, marked by, or resulting from poor health being a valetudinarian trying to return to a healthy state Derived Forms valetudinarianism, noun Word Origin for valetudinarian
C18: from Latin
valētūdō state of health, from valēre to be well
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Word Origin and History for valetudinarian n.
"one who is constantly concerned with his own ailments," 1703, from
valetudinary (1580s), from Latin valetudinarius, from valetudo "state of health," from valere "be strong" (see valiant) + -tudo, abstract noun suffix (see -tude). Valetudinary (adj.) "sickly" is recorded from 1580s.
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valetudinarian in Medicine valetudinarian [văl′ĭ-tōōd′n-âr ′ē-ən] n. A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health. adj. Chronically ailing; sickly. Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.
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