uncertainty that arises when a seemingly clear written instrument is matched against an extrinsic fact, as when a description of something being sold fits two different items.
noun, Psychoanalysis. 1. the hidden meaning of a fantasy or dream, discoverable by analysis of the content of the dream. latent content n. The hidden meaning of a dream, fantasy, or thought that can be revealed through interpretation of its images or through free association in psychoanalysis.
- Latent diabetes
latent diabetes n. A mild form of diabetes mellitus in which the individual displays no overt symptoms, but has abnormal responses to various diagnostic tests. Also called chemical diabetes.
noun, Sociology. 1. any function of an institution or other social phenomenon that is unintentional and often unrecognized.
- Latent gout
latent gout n. The presence of abnormally large amounts of uric acid in the blood without the symptoms of gout. Also called masked gout.