(?), n. [See Latent.] 1. The state or quality of being latent.
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To simplify the discussion, I shall distinguish three degrees of this latency.
Sir W. Hamilton.
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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 latent period.

3. Hence: (Med.) The time between exposure to a carcinogen or other disease-causing agent and the appearance of the consequent disease.


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