: the quality or state of being latent : dormancy
latency is a characteristic common to all members of the troublesome herpes family—Claudia Wallis
: something latent
writers who know how to evoke these latencies—E. C. Lindeman
: a stage of psychosexual (see psychosexual sense 1) development following the phallic (see phallic sense 3) stage that extends from about the age of five or six to the beginning of puberty and during which sexual urges often appear to lie dormant
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