Definition of Latency

1. Noun. (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head.

Exact synonyms: Rotational Latency
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Group relationships: Access Time
Generic synonyms: Interval, Time Interval

2. Noun. The time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it.
Exact synonyms: Latent Period, Reaction Time, Response Time
Generic synonyms: Interval, Time Interval

3. Noun. The state of being not yet evident or active.
Generic synonyms: Potency, Potential, Potentiality
Derivative terms: Latent

Definition of Latency

1. n. The state or quality of being latent.

Definition of Latency

1. Noun. The state of being latent. ¹

2. Noun. (electronics) A delay, a period between the initiation of something and the occurrence. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) The delay between a stimulus and the response it triggers in an organism. ¹

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Definition of Latency

1. the state of being present but not manifest [n -CIES]

Medical Definition of Latency

1. 1. The time between onset of a stimulus and peak of the ensuing action potential. 2. Of an infection, a period in which the infection is present in the host without producing overt symptoms. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Latency

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Literary usage of Latency

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1. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"Some HSV per- nd latency models developed thus e the addition of herpes ... some of the :nts for establishment of latency by ng whether inhibition of virus ..."

2. Human Vitality and Efficiency Under Prolonged Restricted Diet by Francis Gano Benedict (1919)
"(8) latency, AMPLITUDE. AND REFRACTORY PERIOD OF PATELLAR REFLEX.1 Of all the human reflexes that may be elicited by appropriate stimuli, ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1889)
"latency OP ATAXIC SYMPTOMS IN CASES OF OPTIC ATROPHY. ... As regards prognosis, they would lead us to predict a comparative latency of the motor symptom of ..."

4. Pneumonia: Its Supposed Connection, Pathological and Etiological, with by René La Roche (1854)
"In measles, from ten to sixteen days.1 Process of latency governed by definite laics.—The results of observations made during a period of a third of a ..."

5. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"Reflex latency inversely proportional to intensity of stimulation. latency of Initial and incremental reflexes. None of the latent interval consumed in ..."

6. Consumption, Its Relation to Man and His Civilization, Its Prevention and Cure by John Bessner Huber (1906)
"CHAPTER VI latency There is always some levelling circumstance that puts down the overbearing, ... THERE is oftentimes a period of latency in tuberculosis. ..."

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