Definition of Latent

1. Adjective. Potentially existing but not presently evident or realized. "Latent talent"

Similar to: Possible, Potential

2. Adjective. (pathology) not presently active. "Latent diabetes"
Category relationships: Pathology
Similar to: Inactive
Derivative terms: Latency

Definition of Latent

1. a. Not visible or apparent; hidden; concealed; secret; dormant; as, latent springs of action.

Definition of Latent

1. Adjective. Existing or present but concealed or inactive. ¹

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Definition of Latent

1. a barely visible fingerprint that can be developed for study [n -S]

Medical Definition of Latent

1. Dormant. A state that some cancer cells might assume. (Opp: growing or active). (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Latent

latency stage
latent (current term)
latent adrenocortical insufficiency
latent allergy
latent carcinoma
latent carrier
latent coccidioidomycosis
latent content
latent diabetes
latent energy
latent heat
latent hostility
latent hyperopia
latent infection
latent learning

Literary usage of Latent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Elements of the Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates by Gustav Mann, Walther Löb, Henry William Frederic Lorenz, Robert Wiedersheim, William Newton Parker, Thomas Jeffery Parker, Harry Clary Jones, Sunao Tawara, Leverett White Brownell, Max Julius Louis Le Blanc, Willis Rodney Whitney, John Wesley Brown, Wi (1907)
"latent HEAT OF FUSION latent Heat, and Molecular latent Heat of Fusion. — When a solid is heated up to a certain temperature it begins to melt. ..."

2. Science of Fingerprints: Classification and Uses (1988)
"Many bureaus and departments spend considerable time in developing latent impressions in a particular case. If no immediate results are forthcoming, ..."

3. Elementary Treatise on Physics Experimental and Applied: For the Use of by Adolphe Ganot (1881)
"372. latent beat of vapour.—As the temperature of a liquid remains constant during ebullition, whatever be the source of heat (363), it follows that a ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1891)
"Photographic Determination of the Time-relations of the Changes which take place in Muscle during the Period of so-called' latent Stimulation. ..."

5. The Fitness of the Environment: An Inquiry Into the Biological Significance by Lawrence Joseph Henderson (1913)
"The latent heat of melting is expressed as the number of calories which are required to ... The latent heat of evaporation of water is approximately 536. ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1876)
"Hence, although "latent heat of expansion" seems to be generally ignored, I have always—in view of the remarkable correspondence of the observed phenomena ..."

7. A Text-book of Physics: Heat by John Henry Poynting, Joseph John Thomson (1906)
"This heat is said to be latent, a term which was given ,,u the supposition that the general effect of heat was to raise the temperature of bodies, ..."

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