latency period


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Recent Examples on the Web Bromage also noted that the impact of more people sharing cool, recirculated air due to high temperatures from one to two weeks ago would only start emerging in the COVID-19 data now as the virus has a five- to 10-day latency period. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Air conditioning eyed as culprit in warm-weather-state coronavirus transmission," 17 June 2020 The Cybill phase was brief, but intense, and abruptly ended what Freud and Woody Allen called the latency period. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ask Mick LaSalle: What movies did you really like when you were 10?," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of latency period

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jun 2020

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“Latency period.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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