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[kon-vuh-les-uh nt] /ˌkɒn vəˈlɛs ənt/
of or relating to convalescence or convalescing persons.
a person who is convalescing.
Origin of convalescent
1650-60; < Latin convalēscent- (stem of convalēscēns), present participle of convalēscere to convalesce; see -ent
Related forms
convalescently, adverb
postconvalescent, adjective Unabridged
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  • Lucretia, when convalescent, would also come to the farm to rest and get strong.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Then she helped the convalescent to put on a few loose drapings.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • He was convalescent, both in body and spirit, but convalescence brought no joy.

  • “Yes, indeed,” responded the convalescent, with beaming face.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • But those three braves yonder are something more than convalescent.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • Besides, it was nice to be waited on and to be next to the room where the convalescent was.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • What happened in the room of the convalescent was never related to Peggy McGuire.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
Word Origin and History for convalescent

1650s, from French convalescent, from Latin convalescentem (nominative convalescens), present participle of convalescere (see convalesce). As a noun, attested from 1758.

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convalescent in Medicine

convalescent con·va·les·cent (kŏn'və-lěs'ənt)
Relating to convalescence. n.
A person who is recovering from an illness, an injury, or a surgical operation.

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