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latent image

noun, Photography
1.
an invisible image, produced on a sensitized emulsion by exposure to light, that will emerge in development.
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  • The storage phosphor screen captures a latent image.
  • Each latent image is provided with multiple markups to show inter-examiner variation.
  • The latent image becomes visible and fixed by heating the plastic layer and then allowing it to cool.
  • The x-ray energy absorbed in the imaging plate remains stored as a latent image.
  • It exposes special photographic paper to light to form a latent image, then heats that image to develop it.
  • Quantum chemical investigations of the latent image formation.
British Dictionary definitions for latent image

latent image

noun
1.
(photog) the invisible image produced by the action of light, etc, on silver halide crystals suspended in the emulsion of a photographic material. It becomes visible after development
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Encyclopedia Article for latent image

in photography, the invisible configuration of silver halide crystals on a piece of film after exposure to image-bearing focussed light; it is distinguishable from unexposed silver halide only by its ability to be reduced to metallic silver by a developing agent

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