latent period


Definition of latent period

1 : the incubation period of a disease
2 : the interval between stimulation and response

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Recent Examples on the Web This is followed by a latent period with no apparent symptoms as metabolic acidosis develops. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Toxic methanol that causes blindness found in hand sanitizers, FDA warns," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of latent period

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Latent period.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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