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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.


adjective abditus, arcane, behind the scenes, below the surface, camouflaged, concealed, covered, covert, delitescent, hidden from view, indiscernible, occultus, screened, submerged, under the surface, underlying, undetected, undeveloped, undiscovered, unexposed, unnoticed, unseen, unsuspected, veiled
Associated concepts: latent ambiguity, latent danger, latent defect, latent injury, latent liability
See also: blind, concealed, covert, dormant, hidden, inactive, potential, secret, underlying, undisclosed

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.

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Multiplication is important because the amount in latently infected animals is very low.
Two latently infected macaques and 1 with subclinical infection were also positive by using IS6110 PCR.
pylori associated NH2Cl induces EBV lytic phase conversion in gastric epithelium latently infected with EBV.
I love on Ugly Betty what must be one of the first preteen latently gay characters, Betty's nephew,
In the first part of this study, we investigated the relative contributions of tumor cells and other latently EBV-infected lymphoid tissues to the pool of circulating EBV DNA.
However, none of these strategies were successful and the work by Bob Siliciano examining the half-life of the virus in latently infected cells further demonstrated how difficult it would be to eradicate the virus.
That means the vaccinated cattle cannot be separated from latently infected cattle.
Memory CD4 cells are latently infected with HIV (which integrates genetic material into the cell's DNA), and this cellular reservoir has a half-life of up to 44 months.
If the presence of only 100,000 latently infected CD4 T cells in the body and a half-life of 44 months are assumed, eradication would require highly active therapy for about 60 years.
Approximately a third of the world's population is latently infected with the bacterium that causes TB.
18] Intense research continues to focus on understanding the physical state of the virus during latency, including the abundance and configuration of viral DNA, the identification of cells that harbor the virus in latently infected ganglia, and the extent of viral transcription and translation.