Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Gradual return to health and strength after illness.
  • n. The period needed for returning to health after illness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gradual healing after illness or injury.
  • n. The period of time spent for healing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The recovery of heath and strength after disease; the state of a body renewing its vigor after sickness or weakness; the time between the subsidence of a disease and complete restoration to health.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The gradual recovery of health and strength after sickness; renewal of health and vigor after sickness or weakness.
  • n. In Roman law, the establishment of a right or title by the retroactive effect of removing an original defect in its validity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury

Etymologies

From French convalescence, from Late Latin convalēscentia ("regaining of health"), from Latin convalēscō ("regain health, grow strong"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Moreover, each several motion takes its name rather from the goal than from the starting-point of change, e.g. motion to health we call convalescence, motion to disease sickening.

    Physics

  • This proceeding is crowned with the desired results; the convalescence is shorter and easier, and there is less danger of serious sequelæ, which, according to all experience, are so common in complicated cases of scarlatina, otorrhœa and suppuration of the parotid glands are generally avoided under this treatment without any other aid, or, if it is impossible to avert such changes, they generally come to a speedy and safe end.

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  • The idea of this Christmas reunion had originated with Edith Monroe the preceding spring, during her tedious convalescence from a bad attack of pneumonia among strangers in an American city, where she had not been able to fill her concert engagements, and had more spare time in which to feel the tug of old ties and the homesick longing for her own people than she had had for years.

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  • Consequently their convalescence is slow, but, like all the Tommies, they never complain, and thoroughly appreciate the Sisters, whose every effort is on their behalf, even to the extent of buying

    War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • Lord Ashburton, whom we had been led to suppose out of danger, made no progress in convalescence and then began to sink.

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • In many diseases, especially in convalescence from fever, that wall will appear to make all sorts of faces at him; now flowers never do this.

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  • "They must have confidence that when they are injured due to their service, that they and their family will be fully cared for, right through their initial treatment to their long-term convalescence," he said.

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  • Don’t worry, once your convalescence is complete we’ll have you back in the community.

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  • Complicating her convalescence will be a bomb that detonates at a ceremony being held in her honor.

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  • During the earliest days of his sojourn in these pleasant surroundings, Valentin tasted all the pleasures of childhood again, thanks to the strange hallucination of apparent convalescence, which is not unlike the pauses of delirium that nature mercifully provides for those in pain.

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