Also latency period. Pathology. the interval between exposure to a carcinogen, toxin, or disease-causing organism and development of a consequent disease.
Physiology. the interval between stimulus and reaction.
- Also called latency.
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How to use latent period in a sentence
The latent period is shortened with the intensity of the stimulus.Life Movements in Plants | Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The latent period is reduced when the plant is irrigated with warm water.Life Movements in Plants | Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
In any case we shall not know for eighteen months, for that is usually the latent period of sleeping sickness in man.Sketches of the East Africa Campaign | Robert Valentine Dolbey
The latent period and the after-effect of stimulus may thus be obtained with the highest accuracy.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919 | Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
It will be seen that this induced an almost immediate acceleration of the rate, the latent period being less than five seconds.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919 | Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
British Dictionary definitions for latent period
the incubation period of an infectious disease, before symptoms appear
another name for latent time
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Scientific definitions for latent period
The interval between exposure to an infectious organism or a carcinogen and the appearance of symptoms or signs of disease.
The period elapsing between the application of a stimulus and the expected response, such as the contraction of a muscle.
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