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quiescent

Line breaks: qui¦es|cent
Pronunciation: /kwɪˈɛs(ə)nt
 
, kwʌɪ-/

Definition of quiescent in English:

adjective

In a state or period of inactivity or dormancy: strikes were headed by groups of workers who had previously been quiescent
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
inactive, inert, latent, fallow, passive, idle, at rest, inoperative, deactivated, in abeyance, quiet;
still, motionless, immobile, stagnant, dormant, asleep, slumbering, sluggish, lethargic, torpid

Origin

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

Derivatives

quiescence

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

quiescently

2
adverb

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