Pronunciation: (lāt'nt),[key] —adj. 1. present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential: latent ability. 2. Pathol.(of an infectious agent or disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase; dormant.
3. Psychol.existing in unconscious or dormant form but potentially able to achieve expression: a latent emotion. 4. Bot.(of buds that are not externally manifest) dormant or undeveloped.