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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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However, experimental evidence suggests that the technique is lacking in sensitivity to detect low amount of virus genomes in latently infected cells and more sensitive RNA-DNA hybridization assay should be used (Slater, 2013).
Elaiw, "Global stability analysis of humoral immunity virus dynamics model including latently infected cells," Journal of Biological Dynamics, vol.
This results in a proportion [u.sub.2][chi]VT of the infected cells becoming latently infected.
Young while at the University of Pittsburgh, pinpoints the spatial and temporal location of HIV-1-infected cells in the body, allowing us to observe HIV-1 replication in real-time and to essentially see HIV-1 reservoirs in latently infected cells and tissues," Dr.
[a.sub.6] = death rate of infected (latently infected) CD4+ T cell population.
Based on the acquired near-infrared spectral data of the latently Pst-infected wheat leaf samples and the data on the relative content of Pst DNA in the corresponding samples obtained using the duplex TaqMan real-time PCR arrays, dynamic changes of the relative contents of Pst DNA in the latently Pst-infected wheat leaves during the incubation period were investigated and quantitative determination models were built to realize the quantitative and rapid detection of the pathogen amounts in the latently Pst-infected wheat leaves.
In the face of the potential impact, the cost/benefit assessment of such a strategy needs to be compared with that of untargeted IPT for all latently infected South Africans, which is clearly not feasible.
Meanwhile, the Kaminski team found that this gene editing system could remove all HIV-1 proviral DNA copies from latently infected human [CD4.sup.+] T cells by using a convenient human T-lymphocytic cell culture model and [CD4.sup.+] T cells obtained from HIV-[1.sup.+] patients.
tuberculosis latently infected individuals: the tuberculin skin test (TST), which is an in vivo assay, and the interferon-[gamma] release assays (IGRAs), which comprises two ex vivo methods.
Actually, the HDP is also latently Kemalist in terms of its methodology so it is Kemalo-Kurdist, similar to the other three.
The study showed it was possible to significantly reduce the number of long-lived, latently infected T cells persisting in patients receiving ART, and that this was associated with a delay in viral rebound after cessation of ART, Sharon R.