Quiescence (kwē-ĕs-ənts) is a Latin-derived English language noun referring to a state of being quiet, still, at rest, dormant, inactive. Its adjectival form is quiescent, for example "a quiescent mind."

Quiescence may refer to:

*The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G0_phase G0 phase] of a cell in the cell cycle; quiescence is the state of a cell when it is not dividing

*In behavioral neuroscience, quiescence refers to a behavior where an animal is vigilant but relaxed and immobile. This may be related to a recuperative response after an encounter with a predator

*The inactive period of time for dormant volcanoes

*An electronic amplifier or filter is said to be "in a quiescent state" when no signal is applied to its input

*A quiescent prominence is a long, sheet-like prominence of relatively cool solar material that hangs nearly vertically to the Sun's surface for days or months

* In biogas-diesel engine research, quiescence is the term used to describe the phenomenon where the combustion cools down quickly preventing the fuel from burning completely and resulting in high amounts of unburned hydrocarbons

* In Utero Motor Development - A period of relative inactivity in the womb, usually between weeks 17-24. During this period, higher brain centres develop (a stage of neurodevelopment)

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  • quiescence — I noun abeyance, calm, calmness, cessation, composure, dead calm, dead stop, dormancy, dying down, hush, immobility, inaction, inactivity, inertia, inertness, intermission, latency, lethargy, lull, motionlessness, passivity, pause, peace,… …   Law dictionary

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  • Quiescence — Dans le domaine de la biologie, la quiescence est une phase de repos, par exemple le temps durant lequel la cellule arrête de se diviser et sort du cycle cellulaire. la quiescence ou écodormance désigne aussi un type de dormance dépendant… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Quiescence — Inactivity, quietness. In cells, quiescence is the state of not dividing. In neurons (nerve cells), quiescence is the state of not firing. The word comes from the Latin quiescere , to become quiet. Quiescence suggests a temporary cessation of… …   Medical dictionary

  • quiescence — noun /kwiˈɛsəns/ a) The state of being quiescent; dormancy. I pray you, Salviatus, to tell me ... the cause of the Pendulums quiescence. b) Being at rest, quiet, still, inactive or motionless …   Wiktionary

  • quiescence — quiescent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in a state or period of inactivity. DERIVATIVES quiescence noun quiescently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin quiescere be still , from quies quiet …   English terms dictionary

  • quiescence — noun Date: circa 1631 the quality or state of being quiescent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quiescence — n. [L. quiescere, to become quiet] A condition of temporary cessation of development, or other activity, during which the animal requires little nourishment, but shows exterior signs of life; directly referable to environmental conditions …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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