latent period


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

Examples of latent period in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first symptoms appeared after a latent period of 6 to 48 hours. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 27 Nov. 2010 The latent period between infection and first appearance of the virus was 4.0 days on average, while the incubation period between infection and first symptoms was 5.8 days on average (Figure 1A and 1B). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 This is followed by a latent period with no apparent symptoms as metabolic acidosis develops. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 23 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of latent period was in 1793

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“Latent period.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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