Definition of latent in US English:

latent

adjective

  • 1(of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden or concealed.

    ‘discovering her latent talent for diplomacy’
    • ‘I guess I was perceived as simply latent talent…’
    • ‘The course aims at harnessing the latent talent of participants.’
    • ‘If you'll excuse me, I have to go tell my wife and children about my latent homosexual qualities and accompanying gender confusion.’
    • ‘Now, students try their hand at designing, fabrication and displaying models showcasing their latent talent and perception towards various subjects and languages.’
    • ‘TV quizzes have kindled many a latent quizzing talent and brought them to the fore.’
    • ‘They were of course unaware of the latent potential for economic growth just around the corner.’
    • ‘Six minutes and a fraction over 20 seconds later, and the British four were contemplating a row of latent promise but patchy quality.’
    • ‘Luckily, the discovery of a latent talent for ventriloquism was soon to change his seemingly tragic fate.’
    • ‘Mentors represent a vital component of this latent potential for educational renewal and reform.’
    • ‘By forcing the internet to be accessible to everyone, there is a risk that we are levelling it down, reducing its potential to suit many competing, latent, unrealised needs.’
    • ‘I also think this fear and tension is helping to bring up a normally only latent or dormant aggression and anger that's always been around in our culture.’
    • ‘For these children from the city's slums and streets, it will be an opportunity to express themselves and discover their latent talents.’
    • ‘Customer needs and wants, both existing and latent, must be identified through research; know what competitors are offering the customer.’
    • ‘The model or template here is taken from Freud's interpretation of dreams and the distinction between manifest and latent content.’
    • ‘By the twentieth century the investigations of cognitive psychology had established creativity as a latent quality in every person, applicable to any field of human endeavour.’
    • ‘The effort is to harness the latent talent in the country in TV production, broadcast journalism and media management.’
    • ‘This would release humankind from the drudgery of wage-slavery and release the latent talents of 3 billion people.’
    • ‘We were surprised at the response as well as the children's latent talents.’
    • ‘This latent predisposition would underlie the adolescent's risk for runaway and experiences with parents, teachers, classmates, and friends.’
    • ‘Amid the groves of academe, entrenched in the ivy covered tranquil buildings, there lurks more politics, latent hostility and simply bad manners than one can imagine.’
    dormant, quiescent, inactive, untapped, unused
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    1. 1.1Biology (of a bud, resting stage, etc.) lying dormant or hidden until circumstances are suitable for development or manifestation.
      • ‘At each node, the vegetative bud either remained latent or developed as a leafy shoot.’
      • ‘Cell proliferation and cell fate are controlled from dividing cell division centres (called meristems) or latent pluripotent stem cells within the cambium or pericycle.’
      • ‘One to three branches will grow from the latent buds beneath the pruning cuts.’
      • ‘Both active and latent enzyme forms were present in all the culture fluids.’
      • ‘In grapevine, the current season's growth consists of shoots growing from latent buds produced during the previous cycle and made up of five to nine phytomers.’
      • ‘In spring, when the plant is removed from winter storage, one to three branches will grow from the latent buds beneath the cuts.’
      dormant, quiescent, inactive, untapped, unused
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    2. 1.2 (of a disease) in which the usual symptoms are not yet manifest.
      • ‘Diabetes mellitus, chronic renal failure and cirrhosis of the liver seem to predispose the activation to disease of the otherwise dormant latent infection.’
      • ‘Before initiating treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, physicians must ensure that active disease is not present.’
      • ‘The bacteria may cause active disease, or they may persist at a low level for years before causing disease, a condition known as latent infection.’
      • ‘Results were similar for two additional adults with latent tuberculosis infection.’
      • ‘These inconsistent findings may be explained by a variation in the detection of latent disease.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, adult turkeys may harbor latent infections of coccidia that flare up when the host individual is stressed.’
      • ‘Sometimes latent tuberculosis becomes active years later.’
      • ‘A positive test with no evidence of active tuberculosis is latent tuberculosis.’
      • ‘During latent infection, bradyzoites are present in tissue cysts.’
      • ‘Primiquine prophylaxis was administered for latent disease.’
      • ‘Very little is known regarding the usefulness of pyrazinamide and levofloxacin in the treatment of multidrug-resistant latent tuberculosis infection.’
      • ‘These include chemoprophylaxis for patients with latent infection, and strategies for chemotherapy of dually infected individuals.’
      • ‘Thus, the combination of obesity with a genetically-based insulin derangement, may reveal latent diabetes.’
      • ‘Others include developing regimens that shorten the length of therapy and treating latent disease.’
      • ‘After the secondary stage, some people with syphilis progress to a latent stage where they have no more symptoms.’
      • ‘Therefore, the possibility of neurosyphilis should be considered in patients with early or late latent syphilis.’
      • ‘Screening for latent tuberculosis infection is most effective if those with positive test results are likely to progress to clinical disease.’
      • ‘Chlamydia pneumoniae is an obligate intracellular organism capable of persistent latent infection.’
      • ‘Elimination of tuberculosis in industrialized nations hinges on diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection to prevent disease.’
      • ‘During the latent stage of syphilis, skin lesions resolve, and patients are asymptomatic.’
      dormant, quiescent, inactive, untapped, unused
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    3. 1.3Physiology (of a microorganism, especially a virus) present in the body without causing disease, but capable of doing so at a later stage, or when transmitted to another body.
      • ‘Also, a latent adenovirus infection has been reported to induce corticosteroid resistance.’
      • ‘Herpes zoster ophthalmicus occurs when reactivation of the latent virus in the trigeminal ganglia involves the ophthalmic division of the nerve.’
      • ‘First, they stimulated the T-cells strongly enough to prompt the cell to express latent virus but not to trigger other cellular functions.’
      • ‘Many asylum seekers carry the microbe in a harmless latent form.’
      • ‘The benefits of HRT may be latent until older age, when cognitive reserve is depleting or Alzheimer's disease is more likely to set in.’
      • ‘Herpes zoster results from reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus infection.’
      dormant, quiescent, inactive, untapped, unused
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin latent- ‘being hidden’, from the verb latere.

Pronunciation

latent

/ˈlātnt//ˈleɪtnt/