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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: convalescere, from com- ( COM-) + valescere 'to grow strong'

convalesce

verb
     
con‧va‧lesce [intransitive]
MH to spend time getting well after an illness [= recover]:
the time needed to convalesce after an operation
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