[kon-vuh-les-uh nt]


of or relating to convalescence or convalescing persons.


a person who is convalescing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for convalescent

Contemporary Examples of convalescent

  • Convalescent blood transfusions and plasma transfusions may help people who are sick survive the infection,” he says.

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    Blood Is Ebola’s Weapon and Weakness

    Abby Haglage

    October 26, 2014

  • Resting fighters can be found holed up in apartments, and wounded ones fill hospitals and a growing number of convalescent homes.

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    Syria’s Islamist Rebels

    Mike Giglio

    August 2, 2012

  • Downton becomes a convalescent home during the war, bringing in a number of new struggles for the family and the staff.

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    The Brits' Surprising Emmy Hit

    Jace Lacob

    August 29, 2011

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

convalescent in Medicine




Relating to convalescence.


A person who is recovering from an illness, an injury, or a surgical operation.
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