latent period

noun
1.
Also, latency period. Pathology. the interval between exposure to a carcinogen, toxin, or disease-causing organism and development of a consequent disease.
2.
Physiology. the interval between stimulus and reaction.
Also called latency.


Origin:
1830–40

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latent period
 
n
1.  the incubation period of an infectious disease, before symptoms appear
2.  another name for latent time

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latent period n.

  1. The period elapsing between the application of a stimulus and the obvious response, such as the contraction of a muscle.

  2. The interval between exposure to an infectious organism or a carcinogen and the clinical appearance of disease. Also called incubation period.

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latent period  
  1. The interval between exposure to an infectious organism or a carcinogen and the appearance of symptoms or signs of disease.

  2. The period elapsing between the application of a stimulus and the expected response, such as the contraction of a muscle.


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The terms early and late refer to the length of the latent period after the exposure.
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