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convalescent Syllabification: con·va·les·cent
Pronunciation: /ˌkänvəˈles(ə)nt/

Definition of convalescent in English:


1(Of a person) recovering from an illness or operation.
Example sentences
  • The virus is present in the exhaled air, secretions and faeces of infected birds, both before they show signs of illness and while they are convalescent.
  • In England, porter, originally the beer favoured by porters at the market, became the health drink of the Victorians, often prescribed by doctors for convalescent ladies.
  • Undaunted Seacole funded her own trip to the Crimea where she established the British Hotel near Balaclava to provide ‘a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers’.
recuperating, recovering, getting better, on the road to recovery, improving
informal on the mend
1.1Relating to convalescence: a convalescent home
More example sentences
  • This raises issues of adequate pain control during the hospital and convalescent phase of illness.
  • The table shows the results of blood tests performed during the acute and convalescent stages of the illness.
  • Western Montana residents needed a hospital that could provide medical and convalescent care.


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A person who is recovering after an illness or operation.
Example sentences
  • Recall the case of the convalescents in the hospital ward.
  • Their white colour and delicate texture have conspired to give them a reputation as a food for invalids or convalescents.
  • But each district of Rome had a hospital, and there were hospitals for pilgrims, lying-in hospitals, hospitals for convalescents.


Mid 17th century: from Latin convalescent- 'growing strong, recovering', from the verb convalescere (see convalesce).

Words that rhyme with convalescent

acquiescent, adolescent, albescent, Besant, coalescent, confessant, crescent, depressant, effervescent, erubescent, evanescent, excrescent, flavescent, fluorescent, immunosuppressant, incandescent, incessant, iridescent, juvenescent, lactescent, liquescent, luminescent, nigrescent, obsolescent, opalescent, pearlescent, phosphorescent, pubescent, putrescent, quiescent, suppressant, turgescent, virescent, viridescent

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