convalescence

[ kon-vuh-les-uh ns ]
/ ˌkɒn vəˈlɛs əns /

noun

the gradual recovery of health and strength after illness.
the period during which one is convalescing.

Nearby words

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

Origin of convalescence

From the Late Latin word convalēscentia, dating back to 1480–90. See convalesce, -ence

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British Dictionary definitions for convalescence

convalescence

/ (ˌkɒnvəˈlɛsəns) /

noun

gradual return to health after illness, injury, or an operation, esp through rest
the period during which such recovery occurs
Derived Formsconvalescent, noun, adjectiveconvalescently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for convalescence

convalescence

n.

late 15c., from Middle French convalescence (15c.), from Late Latin convalescentia "regaining of health," from convalescentem (nominative convalescens), present participle of convalescere (see convalesce).

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Medicine definitions for convalescence

convalescence

[ kŏn′və-lĕsəns ]

n.

Gradual return to health and strength after an illness, an injury, or a surgical operation.
The period needed for returning to health after an illness, an injury, or a surgical operation.

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