latencies

latency

[leyt-n-see]
noun, plural latencies.
1.
the state of being latent.
2.
Computers. the time required to locate the first bit or character in a storage location, expressed as access time minus word time.

Origin:
1630–40; lat(ent) + -ency

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latency
1630s, "condition of being concealed," from latent. Meaning "delay between stimulus and response" is from 1882; computer sense (latency time) is from 1954.
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latency la·ten·cy (lāt'n-sē)
n.

  1. The state of being latent.

  2. In conditioning, the period of apparent inactivity between the time the stimulus is presented and the moment a response occurs.

  3. See latency phase.

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