Latency La"ten*cy, n. [See {Latent}.] 1. The state or quality of being latent. [1913 Webster]

To simplify the discussion, I shall distinguish three degrees of this latency. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

2. The time between a stimulus the appearance of the response; the time between any causal action and the first appearance of the effect. Called also {latent period}. [PJC]

3. Hence: (Med.) The time between exposure to a carcinogen or other disease-causing agent and the appearance of the consequent disease. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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