valetudinarianism


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val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an

 (văl′ĭ-to͞od′n-âr′ē-ən, -tyo͞od′-)
n.
A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.
adj.
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.

valetudinarianism

1. a condition of poor health.
2. a state of being concerned with health, often excessively.
3. invalidism. — valetudinarian, n., adj.
See also: Health
the condition of being overly concerned with one’s health. — valetudinarian, n., adj.
See also: Disease and Illness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.valetudinarianism - the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
unfitness, softness - poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
asthenia, astheny - an abnormal loss of strength
cachexia, cachexy, wasting - any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
References in periodicals archive ?
"We all know that 'mature' means on the verge of incontinence, idiocy and peevish valetudinarianism" (it means banging on about ill health).
We all know that 'mature' means on the verge of incontinence, idiocy and peevish valetudinarianism" - Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, complaining that in some quarters the over-50s are regarded as "virtual corpses."
In the Financial Times, he wrote: "We all know that 'mature' means on the verge of incontinence, idiocy and peevish valetudinarianism [being morbidly concerned with ill health].