latency period

noun

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The latency period for lung cancer from radiation is longer than five years and 74 mSv spread over four years is not enough dose to cause any health effects, being lower than background radiation in many many places on Earth. James Conca, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 The time between exposure and diagnosis, known as the latency period, is different for each chemical and depends on how much of the chemical you were exposed to. Maya Miller, ProPublica, 2 Nov. 2021 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a sometimes-fatal lymph cancer, typically has a latency period of 10 to 15 years, Chhabria said, so four years of medical monitoring would have limited value for most potential victims. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 2021 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, 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, 20 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of latency period was in 1910

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“Latency period.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latency%20period. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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