from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Recovering one's health and strength after a period of illness.
  • adj. Of convalescence or convalescents (see below).
  • n. A person recovering from illness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Recovering from sickness or debility; partially restored to health or strength.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to convalescence.
  • n. One recovering from sickness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Recovering health and strength after sickness or debility.
  • Pertaining to convalescence; adapted to a state of convalescence.
  • n. One who is recovering health or strength after sickness or weakness.

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

  • adj. returning to health after illness or debility
  • n. a person who is recovering from illness


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  • (Think of those affectionate 80-somethings in convalescent homes, still holding hands.)

    Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

  • Prevention of typhus by serum from convalescent patients presupposes the existence of such patients; moreover, the quantity of serum provided by a convalescent is very small.

    Charles Nicolle - Nobel Lecture

  • These women are sometimes called convalescent nurses and, in cases where a graduate nurse is not required, they fill a real need in the community.

    The Canadian Girl at Work A Book of Vocational Guidance

  • Throw in other supplemental products - like accident, long-term care and short-term convalescent care insurance - and you'll have the right product to sell in any situation…or for any budget!

    News -

  • Although everyone expected that control of the Myitkyina airport would lead easily and quickly to taking the city, the Japanese rushed in reinforcements—some 5,000 soldiers within two weeks—and Stilwell was forced to order in American convalescent soldiers to maintain an Allied presence in the area.

    The Last Empress

  • While I was a prisoner in the warehouse aka convalescent home, my "caregivers" often participated in the wildly irrational and amoral schemes of their bosses, then brayed their excuse— "I was only doing my job."—as if sanctioned subservience constitutes an acquittal.

    On Ruben Navarro

  • If the convalescent is a woman, the means of amusing her are more varied and more congenial perhaps.

    Making Good on Private Duty

  • "You've forgotten your slippers," called the convalescent typhoid after her.

    Love Stories

  • He is still very lame, though called convalescent, and we are trying to work his transfer over here.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V.

  • That was when we were what the doctor called convalescent -- that is to say, it was about a fortnight after our terrible experience in the old mine-shaft, and undoubtedly fast approaching the time when we might return to duty.

    Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer


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