latent

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
la•tent /ˈleɪtnt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. present but not visible;
    not apparent:a latent talent.
  2. Pathology(of a disease, or something causing a disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase;
    dormant.
la•ten•cy, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
la•tent  (lātnt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. present but not visible, apparent, or actualized;
    existing as potential:latent ability.
  2. Pathology(of an infectious agent or disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase;
    dormant.
  3. Psychologyexisting in unconscious or dormant form but potentially able to achieve expression:a latent emotion.
  4. Botany(of buds that are not externally manifest) dormant or undeveloped.
latent•ly, adv. 
  • Latin latent- (stem of latēns) present participle of latēre to lie hidden; see -ent
  • 1610–20
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dormant, quiescent, veiled,
      Latent, potential refer to powers or possibilities existing but hidden or not yet actualized.
      Latent emphasizes the hidden character or the dormancy of what is named:latent qualities, defects, diseases.That which is
      potential exists in an as yet undeveloped state, but is thought of as capable of coming into full being or activity at some future time:potential genius, tragedy.Potential may be applied also to tangibles:High-tension wires are a potential source of danger.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged open, active.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

latent /ˈleɪtənt/ adj
  1. potential but not obvious or explicit
  2. (of buds, spores, etc) dormant
  3. (esp of an infectious disease) not yet revealed or manifest
  4. (of a virus) inactive in the host cell, its nucleic acid being integrated into, and replicated with, the host cell's DNA
  5. relating to that part of a dream expressive of repressed desires: latent content
    Compare manifest
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin latēnt-, from latens present participle of latēre to lie hidden

ˈlatency n ˈlatently adv



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