adjective qui·es·cent \-sənt\

: not active

medical : not now developing or causing symptoms

Full Definition of QUIESCENT

:  marked by inactivity or repose :  tranquilly at rest
:  causing no trouble or symptoms <quiescent gallstones>
qui·es·cent·ly adverb

Examples of QUIESCENT

  1. <a group of quiescent loungers recovering from the Thanksgiving feast>


Latin quiescent-, quiescens, present participle of quiescere to become quiet, rest, from quies
First Known Use: 1605

Synonym Discussion of QUIESCENT

latent, dormant, quiescent, potential mean not now showing signs of activity or existence. latent applies to a power or quality that has not yet come forth but may emerge and develop <a latent desire for success>. dormant suggests the inactivity of something (as a feeling or power) as though sleeping <their passion had lain dormant>. quiescent suggests a usually temporary cessation of activity <the disease was quiescent>. potential applies to what does not yet have existence or effect but is likely soon to have <a potential disaster>.
Medical Dictionary


adjective qui·es·cent \-ənt\

Medical Definition of QUIESCENT

:  being in a state of arrest <quiescent tuberculosis>
:  causing no symptoms <quiescent gallstones>


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