La"ten*cy(?), n. [See Latent.] 1. The state or quality of being latent.
To simplify the discussion, I shall distinguish three degrees of this latency.Sir W. Hamilton.
2. The time between a stimulus the appearance of the response; the time between any causal action and the first appearance of the effect. Called also
(Med.) The time between exposure to a carcinogen or other disease-causing agent and the appearance of the consequent disease.
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