|1.||potential but not obvious or explicit|
|2.||(of buds, spores, etc) dormant|
|3.||pathol (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.||psychoanal Compare manifest relating to that part of a dream expressive of repressed desires: latent content|
|[C17: from Latin latēnt-, from latens present participle of latēre to lie hidden]|
latency la·ten·cy (lāt'n-sē)
The state of being latent.
In conditioning, the period of apparent inactivity between the time the stimulus is presented and the moment a response occurs.
See latency phase.