Definition of latent period in English:

latent period

Syllabification: la·tent pe·ri·od

noun

1 Medicine (also latency period) The period between infection with a virus or other microorganism and the onset of symptoms, or between exposure to radiation and the appearance of a cancer.
More example sentences
  • It is generally assumed that episodes of brain cancer that appear after latent periods of less than 10 years are merely coincidental associations, not sentinel indicators of causation.
  • As with tobacco, there will be a latent period between the onset of smoking and the development of lung damage, cardiovascular disease, or malignant change.
  • There is a long latent period of 20-40 years between exposure and disease expression.
2 Physiology (also latency) The delay between the receipt of a stimulus by a sensory nerve and the response to it.

Definition of latent period in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day internecine
Pronunciation: ˌɪntəˈniːsʌɪn
adjective
destructive to both sides in a conflict