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latent US English

(Of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden; concealed

latent US Thesaurus

his latent skills

latent heat US English

The heat required to convert a solid into a liquid or vapor, or a liquid into a vapor, without change of temperature

latent root US English

A quantity which, when subtracted from each entry in the diagonal of a square matrix, makes the determinant of the resulting matrix equal to zero.

latent image US English

An image on an exposed film or print that has not yet been made visible by developing

latent period US English

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

latent print US English

A latent impression; especially = latent fingerprint.

latent virus US English

(Originally) any morbid matter or morbific agent that is difficult to detect; (in later use) specifically any virus that infects a plant or animal without causing apparent disease.

latent caloric US English

= latent heat.

latent function US English

An unintended consequence of social actions, structures, etc., which is not recognized by the participants.

latent learning US English

(Especially with reference to animals) learning that is unintentional and unmotivated or that occurs without any apparent reinforcement.

latent ambiguity US English

An ambiguity in a document which only becomes apparent in the light of knowledge gained from extrinsic evidence.

latent fingerprint US English

A fingerprint which is invisible or barely visible to the naked eye; = B.

latent homosexuality US English

Sexual attraction towards members of one's own sex which is repressed, or that is manifested indirectly.