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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Latent  \La"tent\,  a.  [L.  latens,  -entis,  p.  pr  of  latere  to  lie 
  hid  or  concealed;  cf  Gr  ?,  E.  lethargy:  cf  F.  latent.] 
  Not  visible  or  apparent;  hidden;  springs  of  action 
  The  evils  latent  in  the  most  promising  contrivances  are 
  provided  for  as  they  arise.  --Burke. 
  {Latent  buds}  (bot.),  buds  which  remain  undeveloped  or 
  dormant  for  a  long  time,  but  may  at  length  grow. 
  {Latent  heat}  (Physics),  that  quantity  of  heat  which 
  disappears  or  becomes  concealed  in  a  body  while  producing 
  some  change  in  it  other  than  rise  of  temperature,  as 
  fusion,  evaporation,  or  expansion,  the  quantity  being 
  constant  for  each  particular  body  and  for  each  species  of 
  {Latent  period}. 
  a  (Med.)  The  regular  time  in  which  a  disease  is  supposed  to 
  be  existing  without  manifesting  itself 
  b  (Physiol.)  One  of  the  phases  in  a  simple  muscular 
  contraction,  in  which  invisible  preparatory  changes  are 
  taking  place  in  the  nerve  and  muscle. 
  c  (Biol.)  One  of  those  periods  or  resting  stages  in  the 
  development  of  the  ovum,  in  which  development  is  arrested 
  prior  to  renewed  activity. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  potentially  existing  but  not  presently  evident  or  realized; 
  "a  latent  fingerprint";  "latent  talent" 
  2:  not  presently  active;  "latent  infection" 

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