Definition of convalescent in English:


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


1(Of a person) recovering from an illness or operation.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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).

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