[ val-i-tood-n-air-ee-uhn, -tyood- ]
/ ˌvæl ɪˌtud nˈɛər i ən, -ˌtyud- /
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an invalid.
a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments.


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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Origin of valetudinarian

First recorded in 1695–1705; valetudinary + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for valetudinarian


valetudinary (ˌvælɪˈtjuːdɪnərɪ)

/ (ˌvælɪˌtjuːdɪˈnɛərɪən) /

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


relating to, marked by, or resulting from poor health
being a valetudinarian
trying to return to a healthy state

Derived forms of valetudinarian

valetudinarianism, noun

Word Origin for valetudinarian

C18: from Latin valētūdō state of health, from valēre to be well
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Medical definitions for valetudinarian

[ văl′ĭ-tōōd′n-ârē-ən ]


A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.


Chronically ailing; sickly.
Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.
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