Quiescent Definition

kwē-ĕsənt, kwī-
Quiet; still; inactive.
Webster's New World
Characterized by an absence of upheaval or discord.
American Heritage
Having little or no sunspot activity.
American Heritage
A quiescent infection.
American Heritage Medicine
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 Quiescent

  • Latin quiēscēns quiēscent- present participle of quiēscere to rest from quiēs quiet quiet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin quiescens, present participle of quiescere, from quies

    From Wiktionary

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