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Definition of Valetudinarian

Valetudinarian: Someone with a weak or sickly constitution, especially someone whose chief concern is being or becoming a chronic invalid.

The word "valetudinarian" comes from the Latin "valere", which means to be strong or to be well, via "valetudo" which could refer to good or bad health.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11076
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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