convalesce

[kon-vuh-les]
verb (used without object), convalesced, convalescing.
to recover health and strength after illness; make progress toward recovery of health.

Origin:
1475–85; < Latin convalēscere to grow fully strong, equivalent to con- con- + valēscere to grow strong (val(ēre) to be well + -escere -esce)

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convalesce (ˌkɒnvəˈlɛs)
 
vb
(intr) to recover from illness, injury, or the aftereffects of a surgical operation, esp by resting
 
[C15: from Latin convalēscere, from com- (intensive) + valēscere to grow strong, from valēre to be strong]

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convalesce
late 15c., from L. convalescere "thrive, convalesce," from com- intensive prefix + valescere "to begin to grow strong," inchoative of valere "to be strong" (see valiant). Only in Caxton and Scottish writers until 19c.
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convalesce con·va·lesce (kŏn'və-lěs')
v. con·va·lesced, con·va·lesc·ing, con·va·lesc·es
To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.

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The patient is allowed to convalesce after hemostasis is achieved.
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