val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an (văl′ĭ-td′n-ârē-ən, -tyd′-)
A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with one's own personal health and well-being.
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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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