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Thursday, March 30, 2000

Definitions for quiescent

  1. Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; inactive.

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Citations for quiescent
The solution, Dr. Wilmut discovered, was to, in effect, put the DNA from the adult cell to sleep, making it quiescent by depriving the adult cell of nutrients. Gina Kolata, New York Times
A vicious but localized Sino-Japanese war raged around the Shanghai region through much of 1932. The conflict then settled into a quiescent phase for several years. David M. Kennedy, The Atlantic
Origin of quiescent
1600-1610
Quiescent derives from the present participle of Latin quiescere, to rest, from quies, rest.