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adjective qui·es·cent \-sənt\

Simple Definition of quiescent

  • : not active

  • medical : not now developing or causing symptoms

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quiescent

  1. 1 :  marked by inactivity or repose :  tranquilly at rest

  2. 2 :  causing no trouble or symptoms <quiescent gallstones>

quiescently adverb

Examples of quiescent in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

Quiescent won't cause you any pain, and neither will its synonyms "latent," "dormant," and "potential," at least not immediately. All four words mean "not now showing signs of activity or existence." "Latent" usually applies to something that has not yet come forth but may emerge and develop, as in "a latent desire for success." "Dormant" implies a state of inactivity similar to sleep, as in "their passions lay dormant." "Potential" applies to what may or may not come to be. "A potential disaster" is a typical example. "Quiescent," which traces to the Latin quiescere (meaning "to become quiet" or "to rest"), often suggests a temporary cessation of activity, as in "a quiescent disease" or "a summer resort quiescent in wintertime."

Origin of quiescent

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

  1. 1:  being in a state of arrest <quiescent tuberculosis>

  2. 2:  causing no symptoms <quiescent gallstones>

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expressing little or no emotion

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