convalescence

[kon-vuh-les-uhns]
noun
1.
the gradual recovery of health and strength after illness.
2.
the period during which one is convalescing.

Origin:
1480–90; < Late Latin convalēscentia. See convalesce, -ence

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convalescence (ˌkɒnvəˈlɛsəns)
 
n
1.  gradual return to health after illness, injury, or an operation, esp through rest
2.  the period during which such recovery occurs
 
conva'lescent
 
n, —adj
 
conva'lescently
 
adv

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convalescence
late 15c., from Fr. convalescence (15c.), from L. convalescentia "regaining of health," from convalescentem, from convalescere (see convalesce). Related: Convalescing (mid-17c.).
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convalescence con·va·les·cence (kŏn'və-lěs'əns)
n.

  1. Gradual return to health and strength after an illness, an injury, or a surgical operation.

  2. The period needed for returning to health after an illness, an injury, or a surgical operation.


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It is as good and refreshing as convalescence from a malignant fever.
Post-operative convalescence normally involves recovering from the access
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Eight surgeries on his arm followed, and months of pain-racked convalescence.
Dengue involves high fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pains and usually
  a long convalescence.
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