- The definition of quiescent is something or someone dormant or in a period of inactivity.
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: L quiescens, present participle of quiescere, to become quiet: see quiet
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Origin: Latin quiēscēns, quiēscent-, present participle of quiēscere, to rest, from quiēs, quiet; see quiet.
- qui·esˈcence noun
- qui·esˈcent·ly adverb