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silent

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adjective si·lent \ˈsī-lənt\

Medical Definition of silent

  1. 1:  not exhibiting the usual signs or symptoms of presence <a silent infection> <silent gallstones> <silent tuberculosis> <silent ischemia>

  2. 2:  yielding no detectable response to stimulation—used especially of an association area of the brain <silent cortex>

  3. 3:  having no detectable function or effect <silent DNA> <silent genes>

silently adverb




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