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quiescent

[kwee-es-uh nt, kwahy-] /kwiˈɛs ənt, kwaɪ-/
adjective
1.
being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless:
a quiescent mind.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin quiēscent- (stem of quiēscēns, present participle of quiēscere), equivalent to qui-, base meaning “rest, quiet” + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent
Related forms
quiescently, adverb
quiescence, quiescency, noun
Can be confused
quiescent, quiet.
Synonyms
dormant, latent.
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British Dictionary definitions for quiescently

quiescent

/kwɪˈɛsənt/
adjective
1.
quiet, inactive, or dormant
Derived Forms
quiescence, quiescency, noun
quiescently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
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Word Origin and History for quiescently

quiescent

adj.

c.1600, from Latin quiescentem (nominative quiescens), present participle of quiescere, inchoative verb formed from quies "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)).

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quiescently in Medicine

quiescent qui·es·cent (kwē-ěs'ənt, kwī-)
adj.
Being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive.

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