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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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Lee Kang-won, head of Cloud Labs at SK Telecom said"This way, customers can experience 60 percent improved latency compared to the current network.
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Terminal latency index was calculated with Equation 1 and residual latency, with Equation 2.
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Leveraging multicast technology and managed network capabilities, Broadpeak 's solution decreases latency by 90%, the company claims, allowing end-users to receivethe same consistent video experience they are used to with IPTV on any screen, minus excessivebuffering.
According to glycemic statuses in diabetes, there were no statistically significant differences in N75 latency of PVEP between controls and patient groups in five different check sizes (Table 2); however, there were only statistically significant differences in 120-minute check between study group size in P100 latency (p = 0.042) (Table 3) and N135 latency (p = 0.013) (Table 4).