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valetudinarian adj : of or relating to or characteristic of a person who is a valetudinarian n : weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health

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From valētūdinārius, from valetudo state of health, health, ill health, from valere to be strong or well.




  1. Of infirm health; seeking to recover health; sickly; weakly; infirm.
    The valetudinarian habit of discussing his health had grown on Rose... -- Florence Anne Sellar MacCunn, Sir Walter Scott's Friends, 1910, p. 234


of infirm health; sickly
  • Bulgarian: болнав
  • French: valétudinaire
  • Greek: υποχονδριακός (ypochondriakós)
  • Italian: valetudinario
  • Spanish: valetudinario, valetudinaria



  1. A person in poor health or sickly, especially one who is constantly obsessed with their state of health
    The most uninformed mind, with a healthy body, is happier than the wisest valetudinarian. -- Thomas Jefferson, The Writings oF Thomas Jefferson, 1904, p. 168.


person obsessed with state of health
  • Greek: υποχόνδριος (ypochóndrios)



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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