[ kon-vuh-les ]
/ ˌkɒn vəˈlɛs /
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verb (used without object), con·va·lesced, con·va·lesc·ing.

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



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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)
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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
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Medical definitions for convalesce

[ kŏn′və-lĕs ]


To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.
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