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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.