being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind.
Lexical Investigations: SynergyThough synergy appears in English texts in a general sense as far back as the seventeenth century, it was not widely adopted as a medical term until the mid-nineteenth century. In medical texts from this time, it often appears in italics as a foreign word. In a revealing passage from 1827, the physician W.P. Allison wrote, “I would object to the term synergy, which some …
- quiescent tank,
- quiet as a mouse,
- quiet lung
Origin of quiescent
1600–10; < Latin quiēscent- (stem of quiēscēns, present participle of quiēscere), equivalent to qui-, base meaning “rest, quiet” + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent
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Examples from the Web for quiescently
quiet, inactive, or dormant
Word Origin for quiescent
C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
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c.1600, from Latin quiescentem (nominative quiescens), present participle of quiescere, inchoative verb formed from quies "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)).
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