The definition of convalescence is a gradual healing process or a time of rest and relaxation, usually after an illness.(noun)
When you go to a nursing home for a period of rest and rehab after you have suffered from a stroke, this time spent in the nursing home is an example of a convalescence.
See convalescence in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < L convalescens, prp. of convalesce
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