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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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When the difference between EABR wave eV latencies at the threshold level was analyzed with respect to electrode regions, significant difference was found between basal and apical regions (p=0.03).
It indicates a shift in the latencies and decrement in amplitude in individuals with T2DM as compared to those in the control group.
However, both median and ulnar distal latencies rise by similar degrees with increasing age, and both velocities fall to a similar degree.
We observed, for 80 dB, there was statistically significant delayed in absolute latencies of Wave II, IV of left ear in diabetic group as compared to control group.
On the other hand, there was no significant difference in the ulnar nerve digit V sensory latencies, amplitudes, ulnar nerve distal motor latencies, and ulnar nerve minimum F responses between the CTS patients and control group (p>0.05).
found that the mean P100 latencies were significantly prolonged in 40 diabetic patients with a mean [+ or -] standard deviation of 109.87 [+ or -] 9.63 as compared with those in 50 controls (104.08 [+ or -] 3.31) (p = 0.014).
When monotonous click was given to left ear in right handed persons, latencies and amplitudes of five AEPs were significantly altered.
Considering the Pearson bivariate correlations for the ulnar nerve, patient age was significantly positively correlated with the latencies of the F-waves.
That is, their network latencies include the most deterministic behavior of the queuing delay at each hop on the transmission.
The result is higher performance with less mechanical movement to reduce rotational disc latencies.
Mean latencies to respond were 38.3, 60.9, and 33.5 s, respectively.
Not only N1 responses, but also P1 and N2 responses were found to be affected by VOT, namely, P1-N2 response latencies were prolonged in children for stimuli with long VOT [15].