- 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 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