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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Example sentences
He was due to spend the next eight weeks convalescing.
OR is convalescing following discharge from hospital and does not have help to prepare meals.
Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years to return to their jobs.
All were convalescing from nonfebrile illnesses at the time of testing and none exhibited cardiovascular ab-normalities.
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