Definition of quiescent in English:


Syllabification: qui·es·cent
Pronunciation: /kwēˈesnt, kwī-


  • In a state or period of inactivity or dormancy: strikes were headed by groups of workers who had previously been quiescent quiescent ulcerative colitis
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    • Her prior medical history was otherwise only remarkable for a quiescent ulcerative colitis.
    • The tumor is usually benign and remains histologically quiescent for a long period of time.
    • During fasting, or between meals, the gastrointestinal tract is not completely quiescent.
    inactive, inert, idle, dormant, at rest, inoperative, deactivated, quiet; still, motionless, immobile, passive



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  • Asthma in childhood often has a much different clinical pattern than in adults, with long periods of quiescence punctuated by virally induced exacerbations that often diminish in frequency with time.
  • Cells may exit the cell cycle at G 1 and enter a nonproliferative phase called G 0 or quiescence.
  • The next four decades saw periods of resurgence and quiescence in Soviet anti-Semitism.




mid 17th century: from Latin quiescent- 'being still', from the verb quiescere, from quies 'quiet'.

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