Definition of latency in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlātənsē/


1The state of existing but not yet being developed or manifest; concealment: tension, and the latency of violence, make the greatest impressions
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  • Tension, and the latency of violence, make the greatest impressions.
  • We also recorded the latency to the first aggressive behavior.
  • We measured the latency of the choice for each female.
1.1The state of a disease not yet manifesting the usual symptoms: the latency of tumors in mice [as modifier]: the disease’s latency period can last up to five years
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  • Exposure to arsenic leads to cancer only after a latency period.
  • There may be different latency periods for the two malignancies.
  • The disease's latency period can last up to five years, making it difficult to detect.
2 Computing The delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer: poor performance due to network latency there are several ways to minimize rotational latencies [as modifier]: subscribers can expect some latency time when issuing a request
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  • Being the Internet, you can also not count on perfectly low latency connections all the time.
  • If the network is busy, then voice calls can suffer from latency and the quality of the service becomes unacceptably low.
  • If there is a little latency when a customer opens your e-mail, you might lose that customer.

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Syllabification: la·ten·cy

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