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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
1480-90; < Late Latin convalēscentia. See convalesce, -ence Unabridged
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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 incisions made in the abdomen.
  • 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.
  • Last month he returned to the kingdom after two years' absence for an unexplained convalescence.
  • Its aim was to reduce patients' convalescence time and to prepare many of them to return to military duty effectively.
  • Often touted as a minimally invasive procedure, it actually requires a larger incision and dissection, and a longer convalescence.
  • Casey's convalescence from heart and liver transplants.
  • It's ironically clear that her daily life was so bad that illness and convalescence are preferable to health.
  • During the convalescence of animals, great benefit is derived from almost any change in their habits of life.
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).

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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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