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Hidden; concealed; that which does not appear upon the face of an item.

For example, a latent defect in the title to a parcel of real property is one that is not discoverable by an inspection of the title made with ordinary care. Similarly, a latent defect in an item of merchandise is one that could not have been discovered by any known or customary inspection or test.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

LATENT, construction. That which is concealed; or which does not appear; for example, if a testator bequeaths to his cousin Peter his white horse; and at the time of making his will and at his death he had two cousins named Peter, and he owned two white horses, the ambiguity in this case would be latent, both as respects the legatee, and the thing bequeathed. Vide Bac. Max. Reg. 23, and article Ambiguity. A latent ambiguity can only be made to appear by parol evidence, and may be explained by the same kind of proof. 5 Co. 69.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In this paper, an adaptive iteration strategy is proposed to adjust the number of iterations by evaluating the performance of the latent image and the similarity of the estimated kernel.
It consists of four main steps, i.e., decomposition of latent image into cartoon and texture components, detection of ridge segments, computation of ridge density and orientation consistency, and latent fingerprint segmentation, which will be presented in the following subsections, accordingly.
Then we solve I subproblem to get the latent image. Given a fixed value of w from previous iteration, we obtain the optimal I by the following optimization problem.
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The vitality of mediation signals the latent images of Hadjithomas and Joreige's unexposed rolls of film, the incarnate image of nocturnal ruins of the undead, and the repetition of video ritual; but one is compelled to ask why take a photograph of an image if never to develop it?
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The latent image is the difference of potentials of two extreme voltages the: -700V of the free surface (formed in the charging phase) and -100V printing elements (formed during laser imaging) (Severens, 2004).
That magic in film, exposure to light and then a chemical reaction to produce a latent image: something that I am trying to do, by capturing a thought, some idea of a latent memory.
Computed radiography (CR) was the product name for the first commercial device for making radiographs using the process of photostimulable luminescence (PSL), whereby X-ray energy projected onto a doped crystalline material--the photostimulable phosphor (PSP)--produces a latent image of excited electrons in local potential energy traps.
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