Pronunciation: (lāt'nt), [key]
1. present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential: latent ability.
2. Pathol.(of an infectious agent or disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase; dormant.
3. Psychol.existing in unconscious or dormant form but potentially able to achieve expression: a latent emotion.
4. Bot.(of buds that are not externally manifest) dormant or undeveloped.
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