Definition of convalescent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒnvəˈlesnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnvəˈlesnt//
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connected with convalescence; in the process of convalescence a convalescent home (= a type of hospital where people go to get well after an illness) a convalescent child Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin convalescent- ‘growing strong, recovering’, from the verb convalescere, from con- ‘altogether’ + valescere ‘grow strong’ (from valere ‘be well’).

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