(Of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden or concealed
they have a huge reserve of latent talent
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.
The heat required to convert a solid into a liquid or vapour, or a liquid into a vapour, without change of temperature
A latent impression; especially = latent fingerprint.
(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.
An image on an exposed film or print that has not yet been made visible by developing
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 heat.
An unintended consequence of social actions, structures, etc., which is not recognized by the participants.
(Especially with reference to animals) learning that is unintentional and unmotivated or that occurs without any apparent reinforcement.
An ambiguity in a document which only becomes apparent in the light of knowledge gained from extrinsic evidence.
A fingerprint which is invisible or barely visible to the naked eye; = B.
Sexual attraction towards members of one's own sex which is repressed, or that is manifested indirectly.