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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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