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[kon-vuh-les-uh ns] /ˌkɒn vəˈlɛs əns/
the gradual recovery of health and strength after illness.
the period during which one is convalescing.
Origin of convalescence
From the Late Latin word convalēscentia, dating back to 1480-90. See convalesce, -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I kept about twenty men who were on the road to convalescence.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The convalescence from such a sickness was necessarily long and tiresome.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The convalescence was slow, lasting through the whole of February.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • So long as he did not work he felt that his convalescence was making little progress.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • He was convalescent, both in body and spirit, but convalescence brought no joy.

British Dictionary definitions for convalescence


gradual return to health after illness, injury, or an operation, esp through rest
the period during which such recovery occurs
Derived Forms
convalescent, noun, adjective
convalescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for convalescence

late 15c., from Middle French convalescence (15c.), from Late Latin convalescentia "regaining of health," from convalescentem (nominative convalescens), present participle of convalescere (see convalesce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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convalescence in Medicine

convalescence con·va·les·cence (kŏn'və-lěs'əns)

  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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