An example of something that would be described as quiescent is a tumor that is dormant and not causing any type of health problems or growing at the time.
Origin of quiescentClassical Latin quiescens, present participle of quiescere, to become quiet: see quiet
- Quiet, still, or inactive. See Synonyms at inactive.
- Characterized by an absence of upheaval or discord: “We tend to think of the decades following the final overthrow of Napoleon as remarkably quiescent” ( Walter McDougall )
- Astronomy Having little or no sunspot activity.
- Medicine Asymptomatic: a quiescent infection.
Origin of quiescentLatin quiēscēns quiēscent- present participle of quiēscere to rest from quiēs quiet ; see quiet .
(comparative more quiescent, superlative most quiescent)
From Latin quiescens, present participle of quiescere, from quies