latent agent

A pathogen, usually a virus, present in a host organism without producing any symptoms.

Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture . 2015.

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  • latent — latent, ente [ latɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1361; lat. latens, de latere « être caché » 1 ♦ Qui demeure caché, ne se manifeste pas mais qui est susceptible de le faire à tout moment. ⇒ 1. secret. Conflit latent, qui couve. ⇒ larvé. Homosexualité latente.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • latent period — n 1) the period between exposure to a disease causing agent or process and the appearance of symptoms <the latent period between exposure to a tumorigenic dose of radioactivity and the appearance of tumors> 2) LATENCY (3) <smooth muscle… …   Medical dictionary

  • Latent image — A latent image on photographic film is an invisible image produced by the exposure of the film to light. When the film is developed, the area that was exposed darkens and forms a visible image. In the early days of photography, the nature of the… …   Wikipedia

  • latent — latently, adv. /layt nt/, adj. 1. present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential: latent ability. 2. Pathol. (of an infectious agent or disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase; dormant. 3. Psychol. existing in… …   Universalium

  • latent period — Latency La ten*cy, n. [See {Latent}.] 1. The state or quality of being latent. [1913 Webster] To simplify the discussion, I shall distinguish three degrees of this latency. Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 2. The time between a stimulus the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • latent — la•tent [[t]ˈleɪt nt[/t]] adj. 1) present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential: latent ability[/ex] 2) pat (of an infectious agent or disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase; dormant • Etymology: 1610–20; < …   From formal English to slang

  • latent image — Photog. an invisible image, produced on a sensitized emulsion by exposure to light, that will emerge in development. * * * ▪ photography       in photography, the invisible configuration of silver halide crystals on a piece of film after exposure …   Universalium

  • latent — /ˈleɪtnt / (say laytnt) adjective 1. hidden; concealed; present, but not visible or apparent: latent ability. 2. Pathology (of an infectious agent) remaining in a resting or hidden phase; dormant. 3. Psychology below the surface, but potentially… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pathogen — A disease causing organism (generally microbial: bacteria, fungi, viruses; but can extend to other organisms: e.g. nematodes etc.). Synonym: infectious agent. See: latent agent …   Glossary of Biotechnology

  • Virus — A microorganism smaller than a bacteria, which cannot grow or reproduce apart from a living cell. A virus invades living cells and uses their chemical machinery to keep itself alive and to replicate itself. It may reproduce with fidelity or with… …   Medical dictionary

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