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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.


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
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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].
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Woodhouse demonstrates his inability to stray from his preoccupations--cautious valetudinarianism and uncritical love of his daughter.