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convalescent

[kon-vuh-les-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. convalescing.
  2. of or relating to convalescence or convalescing persons.
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noun
  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

Examples from the Web for convalescent

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Historical Examples of convalescent

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

    Thoroughbreds

    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

adj.

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

convalescent

(kŏn′və-lĕsənt)
adj.
  1. Relating to convalescence.
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n.
  1. A person who is recovering from an illness, an injury, or a surgical operation.
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