- The definition of convalesce is to recover gradually from sickness or injury.
Resting at home after a car accident is an example of convalesce.
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intransitive verb con·va·lesced, con·va·lesc·ing, con·va·lesc·es
Origin: Late Middle English convalesshe, from Latin convalēscere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + valēscere, to grow strong, inchoative of valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots.
convalesce - Medical Definition