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 (kwē-ĕs′ənt, kwī-)
1. Quiet, still, or inactive. See Synonyms at inactive.
2. Characterized by an absence of upheaval or discord: "We tend to think of the decades following the final overthrow of Napoleon as remarkably quiescent" (Walter McDougall).
3. Astronomy Having little or no sunspot activity.
4. Medicine Asymptomatic: a quiescent infection.

[Latin quiēscēns, quiēscent-, present participle of quiēscere, to rest, from quiēs, quiet; see quiet.]

qui·es′cence n.
qui·es′cent·ly adv.
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Intralytix has proposed using phages to kill disease bacteria that are picked up from food and water and live quiescently in the gut for unpredictable periods of time--the superbugs ndm and mcr, which originated in India and China, spread around the world that way.
The big ones are worried that they are going to lose their current economic and consequently political and military power, while the small countries need to think about the trade-off they face between the economic and commercial benefits that are presented by China in gold plates which cannot be resisted, and their autonomy, which China is possibly going to take over quiescently.
Instead, we allow tricksters to spin myths around our fading memories, turning our political struggles and social disorder in the present-which in the first place are consequences of the breakdown of our institutions in the past-into occasions of nostalgia for the good old days when an iron hand whipped us all into line and we behaved like a disciplined herd of sheep gathered quiescently together in one large pen.
A helpful hazing restores his memory, and Thomas quickly, if not quiescently, acclimates to his surroundings, which for all their bucolic beauty are edged with sinister creeping vines and surrounded by walls too high to scale--with one tantalizing opening.
"I believe Sunday lunch is quiescently British and a tradition of which we should be proud.