Definition of Latent period

1. Noun. The time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it.

Exact synonyms: Latency, Reaction Time, Response Time
Generic synonyms: Interval, Time Interval

2. Noun. The time that elapses before the presence of a disease is manifested by symptoms.
Generic synonyms: Interval, Time Interval

Medical Definition of Latent period

1. A seemingly inactive period, as that between exposure of tissue to an injurious agent and the manifestation of response or that between the instant of stimulation and the beginning of response. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Latent Period

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latent period (current term)
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Literary usage of Latent period

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1. Experimental Morphology by Charles Benedict Davenport (1899)
"latent period. — We have seen that a change in the rate of growth is produced by a change ... This interval, the latent period, varies with the temperature. ..."

2. Principles of General Physiology by William Maddock Bayliss (1920)
"latent period.—The state of excitation indicated by the electrical change, commences at such a short interval after the application of a stimulus, ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1877)
"Of these causes the first which claims our attention is exhaustion; for, as it is evident that the effect of exhaustion on the latent period must be in ..."

4. The Journal of Physiology by Physiological Society (Great Britain). (1889)

5. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1889)
"The latent period of the muscle, according to him, is the time taken up by the ... Concerning the latent period, however, he admits that the old estimate of ..."

6. An Elementary Laboratory Course in Psychology by Herbert Sidney Langfeld, Floyd Henry Allport (1916)
"[latent period is that time which elapses between a stimulation and the ... Record: (i) State the comparison of the latent period of touch with the other ..."

7. The Journal of General Physiology by Society of General Physiologists, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1920)
"1 it is clear that the duration of the latent period varies inversely with the ... It indicates definitely enough that the velocity of the latent period ..."

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