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


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

Origin of convalescence

From the Late Latin word convalēscentia, dating back to 1480–90. See convalesce, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for convalescence

/ (ˌkɒnvəˈlɛsəns) /


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

Derived forms of convalescence

convalescent, noun, adjectiveconvalescently, adverb
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Medical definitions for convalescence

[ kŏn′və-lĕsəns ]


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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