qui·​es·​cence | \ kwī-ˈe-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce quiescence (audio) , kwē- How to pronounce quiescence (audio) \

Definition of quiescence

: the quality or state of being quiescent

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Examples of quiescence in a Sentence

the resort community's social scene is lively during the summer but undergoes a deep quiescence during the long winter was struck by the elk's quiescence as it just stood there in the clearing
Recent Examples on the Web The short clip is well worth a watch, if only to get a sense of how vast and powerful volcanoes like Nyiragongo are, even during periods of relative quiescence. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Most volcanoes spend much of their lifetime in a state of quiescence, but Stromboli bucks that trend. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 There, at a point of gravitational quiescence called L2, Webb will begin what astronomers say will be revolutionary studies of the universe. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2016 And Diana, from whom nothing was expected but quiescence and children, became a model for seizing power as a populist. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2020 Over the past couple decades, the implicit bargain offered by Chinese leaders has been unprecedented economic advancement and opportunities in exchange for political quiescence. Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2020 If the cell is doing well and reproducing regularly, this quiescence is a good way for the viral genes to make more copies of themselves. The Economist, 20 Aug. 2020 But our collective quiescence is the product of a misconception. Gary Hamel, Quartz at Work, 17 Aug. 2020 When the body falls ill, comorbidities strike from quiescence. Daniel Barron, Scientific American, 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of quiescence

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quiescence was circa 1631

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“Quiescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiescence. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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qui·​es·​cence | \ kwī-ˈes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce quiescence (audio) , kwē- How to pronounce quiescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of quiescence

: the quality or state of being quiescent


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