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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 ?
By the invention of lingering death; for he had a mortal disease which he perpetually tended, and as recovery was out of the question, he passed his entire life as a valetudinarian; he could do nothing but attend upon himself, and he was in constant torment whenever he departed in anything from his usual regimen, and so dying hard, by the help of science he struggled on to old age.
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.