- being in a state of rest; quiescent
- Biol. remaining dormant for a period of time, as certain spores or eggs
- Cytology not actively dividing: said of a cell, cell nucleus, etc.
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- a. In a state of inactivity or rest.b. Dead.
- Botany Dormant. Used especially of spores that germinate after a prolonged period.