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verb (used without object), con·va·lesced, con·va·lesc·ing.
  1. to recover health and strength after illness; make progress toward recovery of health.
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Origin of convalesce

1475–85; < Latin convalēscere to grow fully strong, equivalent to con- con- + valēscere to grow strong (val(ēre) to be well + -escere -esce)
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Related Words for convalescing

recuperate, mend, restore, rejuvenate, revive, improve

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  1. (intr) to recover from illness, injury, or the aftereffects of a surgical operation, esp by resting
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Word Origin for convalesce

C15: from Latin convalēscere, from com- (intensive) + valēscere to grow strong, from valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for convalescing



late 15c., from Latin convalescere "thrive, regain health," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + valescere "to begin to grow strong," inchoative of valere "to be strong" (see valiant). Only in Caxton and Scottish writers until 19c. Related: Convalesced; convalescing.

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convalescing in Medicine


  1. To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.
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