Medical Dictionary


noun la·ten·cy \ˈlāt-ən-sē\
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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