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[kon-vuh-les-uh nt]
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  1. convalescing.
  2. of or relating to convalescence or convalescing persons.
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  1. a person who is convalescing.
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Origin of convalescent

1650–60; < Latin convalēscent- (stem of convalēscēns), present participle of convalēscere to convalesce; see -ent
Related formscon·va·les·cent·ly, adverbpost·con·va·les·cent, adjective
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Related Words for convalescent

mending, ambulatory, healing, strengthening, rallying, discharged, released, rejuvenated

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Contemporary Examples of convalescent

Historical Examples of convalescent

  • Lucretia, when convalescent, would also come to the farm to rest and get strong.


    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.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

convalescent in Medicine


  1. Relating to convalescence.
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  1. A person who is recovering from an illness, an injury, or a surgical operation.
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