lag phase

noun
\ ˈlag-ˌfāz How to pronounce lag phase (audio) \

Medical Definition of lag phase

: the period of time between the introduction of a microorganism into a culture medium and the time it begins to increase exponentially

called also lag period

— compare log phase

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