Variant of latent
- present but invisible or inactive; lying hidden and undeveloped within a person or thing, as a quality or power
- Biol. dormant but capable of normal development under the best conditions: said of buds, spores, cocoons, etc.
- Psychol. unconsciously but not actively so: a latent homosexual
Origin of latentClassical Latin latens, present participle of latere, to lie hidden, lurk ; from Indo-European an unverified form lāidh- ; from base an unverified form lā-, to be hidden from source Old Norse lōmr, deception, Classical Greek lēthē, forgetfulness, lanthanein, to be hidden
a fingerprint found on an object as at the scene of a crime