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 for convalesce
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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: get over an illness or shock; "The patient is recuperating"
           [syn: recuperate, recover, convalesce] [ant:
           degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop]

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