[ kon-vuh-les ]
/ ˌkɒn vəˈlɛs /

verb (used without object), con·va·lesced, con·va·lesc·ing.

to recover health and strength after illness; make progress toward recovery of health.

Nearby words

  1. conurbation,
  2. conure,
  3. conus,
  4. conus arteriosus,
  5. conv.,
  6. convalescence,
  7. convalescent,
  8. convect,
  9. convection,
  10. convection cell

Origin of convalesce

1475–85; < Latin convalēscere to grow fully strong, equivalent to con- con- + valēscere to grow strong (val(ēre) to be well + -escere -esce) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for convalesce


/ (ˌkɒnvəˈlɛs) /


(intr) to recover from illness, injury, or the aftereffects of a surgical operation, esp by resting

Word Origin for convalesce

C15: from Latin convalēscere, from com- (intensive) + valēscere to grow strong, from valēre to be strong

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for convalesce



late 15c., from Latin convalescere "thrive, regain health," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + valescere "to begin to grow strong," inchoative of valere "to be strong" (see valiant). Only in Caxton and Scottish writers until 19c. Related: Convalesced; convalescing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for convalesce


[ kŏn′və-lĕs ]


To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.

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