Present, but not active (resting). Latent HSV infection means that the virus is hidden in the body, but it is not causing herpes symptoms. Most of the time, HSV stays in a latent state inside a bundle of nerve cells called ganglia.
hidden, dormant, inactive. The virus that causes chickenpox remains hidden in the nervous system after the initial attack of chickenpox is over. When it becomes reactivated, usually many years later, the virus can cause shingles.
1) insignificant or irrelevant; for example, latent prostate cancer (also known as incidental prostate cancer) is a form of prostate cancer which is of no clinical significance to the patient in whom it is discovered; 2) pathology. in a dormant or hidden stage
Something which is present but invisible, or inactive but capable of becoming active or visible, so a child may have latent knowledge of a concept, meaning the child understands the concept, but has not had an opportunity to demonstrate that understanding.