from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Present or potential but not evident or active: latent talent.
- adj. Pathology In a dormant or hidden stage: a latent infection.
- adj. Biology Undeveloped but capable of normal growth under the proper conditions: a latent bud.
- adj. Psychology Present and accessible in the unconscious mind but not consciously expressed.
- n. A fingerprint that is not apparent to the eye but can be made sufficiently visible, as by dusting or fuming, for use in identification.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Existing or present but concealed or inactive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not visible or apparent; hidden; concealed; secret; dormant.
- adj. Existing but not presenting symptoms; dormant or developing; -- of disease, especially infectious diseases.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hidden; concealed; not visible or apparent; not manifested: as, latent motives; latent germs of disease.
- In botany, dormant or undeveloped: said of buds which are not externally manifest until stimulated to growth.
- Synonyms Covert, Occult, etc. See secret.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
- adj. (pathology) not presently active
Energy used for evapotranspiration is generally referred to as latent heat flux; however, the term latent heat flux is broad, and includes other related processes unrelated to transpiration including condensation (e.g., fog, dew), and snow and ice sublimation.
Some persons do not like the term latent energy, and speak of energy which is not in action as possible or potential.
The term latent typically refers to something that is dormant, not observable, or not yet realized.
"This symbolizes what I call latent radicalism," said Ayesha Siddiqa, a scholar and commentator, referring to public support for Qadri.
Interestingly enough, ingestion can be followed by what they call a latent period of six to twenty hours.
The diseased Allen grafts are still in the tree, are now 15 years old, and are more or less alive, but in very poor condition, with the signs as found in what I call the latent form.
Not only that, she's an expert in latent homosexuality.
By the same token, the victims of corruption seem to be waiting, silently, in latent mode, for "their turn."
What do you call the latent fascist, uh, the last fashion on the streets
Avoid long-term latent effects Protect yourself with an exam today