latent definition

  • adjective:
    • provide or possible however evident or energetic: latent talent.
    • Pathology In a dormant or hidden stage: a latent infection.
    • Biology Undeveloped but effective at typical development in correct circumstances: a latent bud.
    • mindset Present and accessible in the involuntary head although not consciously expressed.
    • current or present but concealed or sedentary.
    • maybe not noticeable or obvious; hidden; concealed; key; inactive.
    • Existing although not showing signs; dormant or developing; -- of infection, particularly infectious conditions.
    • possibly present however currently evident or understood
    • (pathology) perhaps not presently energetic
  • noun:
    • A fingerprint that's not obvious on eye but could be made sufficiently visible, as by dusting or fuming, to be used in recognition.
  • others:
    • concealed; concealed; perhaps not noticeable or obvious; perhaps not manifested: as, latent motives; latent germs of illness.
    • In botany, inactive or undeveloped: said of buds which are not externally manifest until activated to development.
    • Synonyms Covert, Occult, etc. See secret.

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