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Aug. 7th, 2009 - Valetudinarian

val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an [ vàllə tood'n érree ən ] or val·e·tu·di·nar·y [ vàllə tood'n èrree ]
noun (plural val·e·tu·di·nar·i·ans) (plural val·e·tu·di·nar·ies)
Definition:
1. somebody with poor health: somebody who has persistent ill health
2. somebody obsessed with health: somebody who is excessively concerned with his or her own health

adjective
Definition:
1. of valetudinarian: relating to or being a valetudinarian
2. of poor health: relating to, characterized by, or arising from poor health

[Late 16th century. < Latin valetudinarius "in ill health" < valetudo "state of health" < valere "be well"]

health. Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2009 Microsoft Corporation. http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/health.html (accessed: August 7, 2009).

Example:
The Dr. sighed, not this guy again!
"Dr. are you sure there is nothing else you can do? I noticed my pulse is now three beats per minute higher than the last time I checked five minutes ago - at this rate of change my heart might explode within the next half hour. Also I have been noticing a slight change in my skin color the past few days, I worry with all the solar flare activity I have been reading about that this could be related."
"Bob, please calm down. Your pulse is within a normal range, and you have a sun tan. I keep telling you to use sun block, but you won't because you are concerned you are allergic to 'SPF' even though it is not an actual ingredient. I can however give you a referral to a specialist, a psychiatrist, tell him you have an acute case of valetudinarian's disease".
Tags: adjective, latin, noun, v, wordsmith: sea_gaagii
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