convalescent

adjective
con·​va·​les·​cent | \ -ˈles-ᵊnt How to pronounce convalescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of convalescent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : recovering from sickness or debility : partially restored to health or strength convalescent patients
2 : of, for, or relating to convalescence or convalescents convalescent stages a convalescent ward

convalescent

noun

Medical Definition of convalescent (Entry 2 of 2)

: one recovering from sickness

Other Words from convalescent

Adjective

convalescently adverb

Learn More About convalescent

Dictionary Entries Near convalescent

convalescence

convalescent

convalescent home

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Convalescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/convalescent. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on convalescent

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for convalescent

Nglish: Translation of convalescent for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!