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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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  • He made a beautiful 34 convalescence and a perfect recovery.

  • In Malta, where it is indigenous, a convalescence of three weeks is allowed.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • Max had been ordered a pleasant preparation of malt to fortify his little system during his convalescence, and Lynn an iron tonic.

  • Another two weeks of convalescence and you ought to be as good as new.

    Faithfully Yours Lou Tabakow
  • In my convalescence he returned to Pretoria and gave himself up at the prison.

    A Woman's Part in a Revolution Natalie Harris Hammond
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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