latent period


noun

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.

Origin of latent period

First recorded in 1830–40
Also called latency.
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British Dictionary definitions for latent period

latent period

noun

the incubation period of an infectious disease, before symptoms appear
another name for latent time

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Medicine definitions for latent period

latent period

n.

The period elapsing between the application of a stimulus and the obvious response, such as the contraction of a muscle.
The interval between exposure to an infectious organism or a carcinogen and the clinical appearance of disease.incubation period

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Science definitions for latent period

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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