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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Convalesce \Con`va*lesce"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Convalesced; p. pr. & vb. n. Convalescing.] [L. convalscere; con- + valescere to grow strong, v. incho. of valere to be strong. See Valiant.] To recover health and strength gradually, after sickness or weakness; as, a patient begins to convalesce. [1913 Webster]