valetudinary

[ val-i-tood-n-er-ee, -tyood- ]
/ ˌvæl ɪˈtud nˌɛr i, -ˈtyud- /

noun, plural val·e·tu·di·nar·ies.

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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Medicine definitions for valetudinary

valetudinary
[ văl′ĭ-tōōdn-ĕr′ē ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or typical of a valetudinarian.

n.

A valetudinarian.
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