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latency

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noun la·ten·cy \ˈlā-tən(t)-sē\

Definition of latency

plural la·ten·cies

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being latent :  dormancy

  2. 2 :  something latent

  3. 3 :  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

  4. 4 :  latent period 2



Examples of latency

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



Circa 1638

First Known Use of latency

circa 1638


Medical Dictionary

latency

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noun la·ten·cy \ˈlāt-ən-sē\

Medical Definition of latency

plural la·ten·cies

  1. 1:  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>

  2. 2:  latency period 1

  3. 3:  the interval between stimulation and response—called also latent period





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