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Some illness or conditions or jobs need their patients/ people to take care of themselves in great detail and if they do just a tiny mistake, they will suffer.

For example, can we say?

-"Gut inflammation is very fussy. Eating just 1 milligram of chili can make the patient get diarrhea"

-"My accounting work is very fussy. Missing Just 1 cent, I will end up doing the whole report again"

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    No, we can't. Fussy describes a person or their behaviour, and calling someone a fussy eater implies that they choose to be particular about their food. It would be unkind to call someone whose diet is limited for medical reasons a fussy eater. Dec 2, 2021 at 9:51
  • No to the diet; yes to the job (although it sounds like a stretch to these AmE ears). Dec 2, 2021 at 14:12

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I agree with Kate Bunting: "Fussy describes a person or their behaviour, and calling someone a fussy eater implies that they choose to be particular about their food. It would be unkind to call someone whose diet is limited for medical reasons a fussy eater."

I'd add that the alternative words "finicky", "fastidious", "particular", "detailed", or "persnickety" would be appropriate. In slang, I might use "putzy".

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