[leyt-nt] /ˈleɪt nt/
present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential:
Pathology. (of an infectious agent or disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase; dormant.
Psychology. existing in unconscious or dormant form but potentially able to achieve expression:
a latent emotion.
Botany. (of buds that are not externally manifest) dormant or undeveloped.
potential but not obvious or explicit
(of buds, spores, etc) dormant
(pathol) (esp of an infectious disease) not yet revealed or manifest
(of a virus) inactive in the host cell, its nucleic acid being integrated into, and replicated with, the host cell’s DNA
(psychoanal) relating to that part of a dream expressive of repressed desires: latent content Compare manifest (sense 2)
mid-15c., “concealed, secret,” from Latin latentem (nominative latens) “lying hid, secret, unknown,” present participle of latere “to lie hidden,” from PIE *laidh-, from root *la- “to be hidden” (cf. Greek lethe “forgetfulness, oblivion,” Old Church Slavonic lajati “to lie in wait for”). Meaning “dormant” is from 1680s.
latent la·tent (lāt’nt)
- Latent allergy
latent allergy n. Hypersensitivity that causes no signs or symptoms but can be detected through immunological testing.
noun, Law. 1. 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.