noun \ˈlā-tən(t)-sē\
plural la·ten·cies

Definition of LATENCY

:  the quality or state of being latent :  dormancy
:  something latent
:  a stage of psychosexual development following the phallic stage that extends from about the age of five or six to the beginning of puberty and during which sexual urges often appear to lie dormant

Examples of LATENCY

  1. <the flower bulbs went from latency to full bloom in a matter of days>

First Known Use of LATENCY

circa 1638

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal


noun \ˈlāt-ən-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural la·ten·cies

Medical Definition of LATENCY

: the quality or state of being latent; especially : the state or period of living or developing in a host without producing symptoms—used of an infective agent or disease <the infamous latency of the virus causing herpes simplex>
: the interval between stimulation and response—called also latent period


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