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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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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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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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