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 (văl′ĭ-to͞od′n-âr′ē-ən, -tyo͞od′-)
A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.
1. Chronically ailing; sickly.
2. Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.

[From Latin valētūdinārius, from valētūdō, valētūdin-, state of health, from valēre, to be strong or well; see wal- in Indo-European roots.]

val′e·tu′di·nar′i·an·ism n.


(ˌvælɪˌtjuːdɪˈnɛərɪən) or


n, pl -narians or -naries
1. (Medicine) a person who is or believes himself to be chronically sick; invalid
2. (Medicine) a person excessively worried about the state of his health; hypochondriac
3. (Medicine) relating to, marked by, or resulting from poor health
4. (Medicine) being a valetudinarian
5. (Medicine) trying to return to a healthy state
[C18: from Latin valētūdō state of health, from valēre to be well]
ˌvaleˌtudiˈnarianˌism n


(ˌvæl ɪˌtud nˈɛər i ən, -ˌtyud-)

1. an invalid.
2. a person who is excessively concerned about his or her health.
3. in poor health; sickly; invalid.
4. excessively concerned about one's health.
5. of, pertaining to, or characterized by invalidism.
val`e•tu`di•nar′i•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.valetudinarian - weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
diseased person, sick person, sufferer - a person suffering from an illness
Adj.1.valetudinarian - of or relating to or characteristic of a person who is a valetudinarian


A. ADJvaletudinario
B. Nvaletudinario/a m/f


nkränkelnde Person; (= health fiend)Gesundheitsfanatiker(in) m(f)
adj (= sickly)kränklich, kränkelnd; personsehr um seine Gesundheit besorgt; habits, attitudegesundheitsbewusst
References in classic literature ?
Yes, I said; a reward which a man might fairly expect who never understood that, if Asclepius did not instruct his descendants in valetudinarian arts, the omission arose, not from ignorance or inexperience of such a branch of medicine, but because he knew that in all well-ordered states every individual has an occupation to which he must attend, and has therefore no leisure to spend in continually being ill.
But his eminence as a valetudinarian now made him an object of engrossing interest, and Mrs.
Woodhouse had not married early) was much increased by his constitution and habits; for having been a valetudinarian all his life, without activity of mind or body, he was a much older man in ways than in years; and though everywhere beloved for the friendliness of his heart and his amiable temper, his talents could not have recommended him at any time.
The tourist, the valetudinarian, or the amateur of the beauties of nature, who, in the train of his four-in-hand, now rolls through the scenes we have attempted to describe, in quest of information, health, or pleasure, or floats steadily toward his object on those artificial waters which have sprung up under the administration of a statesman* who has dared to stake his political character on the hazardous issue, is not to suppose that his ancestors traversed those hills, or struggled with the same currents with equal facility.
Before he reached middle life he was a valetudinarian.
The problem of money in politics is not a merely valetudinarian concern.
but when we go on to find the same man, on the same or similar grounds, abstain from nearly everything that his neighbours innocently and pleasurably use, and from the rubs and trials of human society itself into the bargain, we recognise that valetudinarian healthfulness which is more delicate than sickness itself.
Woodhouse and Isabella and their valetudinarian concerns about health and treatments.
Good health, for example, is a precondition of self-creation, and so liberalism must be valetudinarian.
The valetudinarian in Israel Singer's novel, The Brothers Ashkenazi, was not alone.
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Like most hypochondriacs, Whittier lived forever, finally taking his leave 52 years later and entering the valetudinarian Hall of Fame.