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latent

adjective uk   /ˈleɪ.tənt/ us  
present but needing particular conditions to become active, obvious, or completely developed: Recent developments in the area have brought latent ethnic tension out into the open. We're trying to bring out the latent artistic talents that many people possess without realizing it.
latency
noun [U] uk   /-tən.si/ formal us  
(Definition of latent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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