Definition of convalescent in English:


Line breaks: con|va¦les¦cent
Pronunciation: /kɒnvəˈlɛs(ə)nt


  • 1(Of a person) recovering from an illness or medical treatment: a convalescent child you’re still convalescent and you need to rest
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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, making progress
    informal on the mend
  • 1.1 [attributive] Relating 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 medical treatment: convalescents benefit from relaxation
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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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