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 Dictionary entry overview: What does latent mean? 

LATENT (adjective)
  The adjective LATENT has 2 senses:

1. potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
2. not presently active

  Familiarity information: LATENT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

LATENT (adjective)

Sense 1latent [BACK TO TOP]


Potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

Context examples:

a latent fingerprint / latent talent


possible; potential (existing in possibility)

Sense 2latent [BACK TO TOP]


Not presently active

Context examples:

latent infection / latent diabetes


inactive (not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly)

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