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la·tent

 (lāt′nt)
adj.
1. Present or potential but not evident or active: latent talent. See Synonyms at inactive.
2. Medicine Present but not symptomatic: a latent virus.
3. Biology Being in a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes: a latent bud.
4. Psychology Present and accessible in the unconscious mind but not consciously expressed.
n.
A fingerprint that is not apparent to the eye but can be made sufficiently visible, as by dusting or fuming, for use in identification.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin latēns, latent-, present participle of latēre, to lie hidden.]

la′tent·ly adv.

latent

(ˈleɪtənt)
adj
1. potential but not obvious or explicit
2. (Botany) (of buds, spores, etc) dormant
3. (Pathology) pathol (esp of an infectious disease) not yet revealed or manifest
4. (Pathology) (of a virus) inactive in the host cell, its nucleic acid being integrated into, and replicated with, the host cell's DNA
5. (Psychoanalysis) psychoanal relating to that part of a dream expressive of repressed desires: latent content. Compare manifest2
[C17: from Latin latēnt-, from latens present participle of latēre to lie hidden]
ˈlatency, ˈlatence n
ˈlatently adv

la•tent

(ˈleɪt nt)

adj.
1. present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential: latent ability.
2. (of an infectious agent or disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase; dormant.
[1610–20; < Latin latent-, s. of latēns, present participle of latēre to lie hidden]
la′tent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.latent - potentially existing but not presently evident or realized; "a latent fingerprint"; "latent talent"
potential, possible - existing in possibility; "a potential problem"; "possible uses of nuclear power"
2.latent - (pathology) not presently active; "latent infection"; "latent diabetes"
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
inactive - (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly

latent

adjective hidden, secret, concealed, invisible, lurking, veiled, inherent, unseen, dormant, undeveloped, quiescent, immanent, unrealized, unexpressed Advertisements attempt to project a latent meaning behind an overt message.
developed, expressed, obvious, realized, apparent, evident, manifest, conspicuous

latent

adjective
1. Capable of being but not yet in existence:
2. Existing in a temporarily inactive form or state:
Translations
كامِن، مُسْتَتِر
utajený
latent
lappangó
dulinn, leyndur
paslėptas
latents, apslēpts

latent

[ˈleɪtənt] ADJ [heat] → latente; [tendency] → implícito
latent defectdefecto m latente

latent

[ˈleɪtənt] adj
[heat] → latent(e)
[power, feeling] → latent(e)
latent defect → vice m caché

latent

adjlatent; strength alsoverborgen; artistic talent, ability alsoverborgen, versteckt; heat alsogebunden; energyungenutzt; the evil which is latent in all mendas in jedem Menschen latent vorhandene Böse; latent period/phase (Med, Psych) → Latenzperiode/-phase f

latent

[ˈleɪtnt] adjlatente

latent

(ˈleitənt) adjective
hidden or undeveloped, but capable of being developed. a latent talent for music.

la·tent

a. latente, presente pero no activo-a; sin síntomas aparentes; sin manifestación.

latent

adj latente
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He had detected the latent sensuality, which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature's requirements like a torpid, torrid, sensitive blossom.
And really, looking at him now, he was not so VERY YOUNG for Jessie; whether his unfortunate passion had brought out all his latent manliness, or whether he had hitherto kept his serious nature in the background, certainly he was not a boy.
Doubtless, however, the whole story of human existence may be latent in each of them, but with no picturesqueness, externally, that can attract the imagination or sympathy to seek it there.
Calm, gentle, passionless, as he appeared, there was yet, we fear, a quiet depth of malice, hitherto latent, but active now, in this unfortunate old man, which led him to imagine a more intimate revenge than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy.
And if at times these things bent the welded iron of his soul, much more did his far-away domestic memories of his young Cape wife and child, tend to bend him still more from the original ruggedness of his nature, and open him still further to those latent influences which, in some honest-hearted men, restrain the gush of dare-devil daring, so often evinced by others in the more perilous vicissitudes of the fishery.
Whether fagged by the three days' running chase, and the resistance to his swimming in the knotted hamper he bore; or whether it was some latent deceitfulness and malice in him: whichever was true, the White Whale's way now began to abate, as it seemed, from the boat so rapidly nearing him once more; though indeed the whale's last start had not been so long a one as before.
No one could look at her and doubt that she had potentialities of attraction latent within her somewhere, but that side of her nature was happily biding its time.
She had roused in him the latent distrust which is a lawyer's second nature: he had his suspicions of her looks; he had his suspicions of her language.
And it was such vapouring all about his ears, like a troublesome confusion of blood in his own head, added to a latent uneasiness in his mind, which had already made Charles Darnay restless, and which still kept him so.
Not a latent echo in the house, not a squeak and scuffle from the mice behind the panelling, not a drip from the half-thawed water-spout in the dull yard behind, not a sigh among the leafless boughs of one despondent poplar, not the idle swinging of an empty store-house door, no, not a clicking in the fire, but fell upon the heart of Scrooge with a softening influence, and gave a freer passage to his tears.
I slept soundly until we got to Yarmouth; which was so entirely new and strange to me in the inn-yard to which we drove, that I at once abandoned a latent hope I had had of meeting with some of Mr.
I reflected that even in those untoward times there must have been latent in Biddy what was now developing, for, in my first uneasiness and discontent I had turned to her for help, as a matter of course.