convalesce

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verb con·va·lesce \ˌkän-və-ˈles\

Definition of convalesce

convalesced

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convalescing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness He is convalescing from influenza.

convalescence

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convalescent

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Examples of convalesce in a Sentence

  1. He is convalescing from his leg injuries.

  2. the long months that the soldier spent in the hospital slowly convalescing

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When you convalesce, you heal or grow strong after illness or injury, often by staying off your feet. (The related adjective convalescent means "recovering from sickness or debility," and a "convalescent home" is a hospital for long-term recuperation and rehabilitation.) The word convalesce derives from Latin, from the prefix com- ("with, together, jointly") and the verb "valescere" ("to grow strong"). "Valescere," in turn, is related to the verb "valēre" ("to be strong or be well"), which is also an ancestor of "prevail," "valor," "value," and "valid."

Origin and Etymology of convalesce

Latin convalescere, from com- + valescere to grow strong, from valēre to be strong, be well — more at wield


First Known Use: 15th century


CONVALESCE Defined for English Language Learners

convalesce

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Definition of convalesce for English Language Learners

  • : to become healthy and strong again slowly over time after illness, weakness, or injury


CONVALESCE Defined for Kids

convalesce

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verb con·va·lesce \ˌkän-və-ˈles\

Definition of convalesce for Students

convalesced

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convalescing

  1. :  to regain health and strength gradually after sickness or injury


Medical Dictionary

convalesce

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intransitive verb con·va·lesce \ˌkän-və-ˈles\

Medical Definition of convalesce

convalesced

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convalescing

  1. :  to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness



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