Latent buds(Bot.), buds which remain undeveloped or dormant for a long time, but may at length grow.Latent heat(Physics), that quantity of heat which disappears or becomes concealed in a body while producing some change in it other than rise of temperature, as fusion, evaporation, or expansion, the quantity being constant for each particular body and for each species of change.Latent period. (a) (Med.) The regular time in which a disease is supposed to be existing without manifesting itself. (b) (Physiol.) One of the phases in a simple muscular contraction, in which invisible preparatory changes are taking place in the nerve and muscle. (c) (Biol.) One of those periods or resting stages in the development of the ovum, in which development is arrested prior to renewed activity.

(La"tent*ly), adv. In a secret or concealed manner; invisibly.

(||La"ter) n.; pl. Lateres [L.] A brick or tile. Knight.

(Lat"er) a. Compar. of Late, a. & adv.

(Lat"er*ad) adv. [L. latus, lateris, side + ad to.] (Anat.) Toward the side; away from the mesial plane; — opposed to mesiad.

(Lat"er*al) a. [L. lateralis, fr. latus, lateris, side: cf. F. latéral.]

1. Of or pertaining to the sides; as, the lateral walls of a house; the lateral branches of a tree.

2. (Anat.) Lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from the mesial plane; external; — opposed to mesial.

3. Directed to the side; as, a lateral view of a thing.

Lateral cleavage(Crystallog.), cleavage parallel to the lateral planes.Lateral equation(Math.), an equation of the first degree. [Obs.] — Lateral line(Anat.), in fishes, a line of sensory organs along either side of the body, often marked by a distinct line of color.Lateral pressureor stress(Mech.), a pressure or stress at right angles to the length, as of a beam or bridge; — distinguished from longitudinal pressure or stress.Lateral strength(Mech.), strength which resists a tendency to fracture arising from lateral pressure.Lateral system(Bridge Building), the system of horizontal braces (as between two vertical trusses) by which lateral stiffness is secured.

(Lat`er*al"i*ty) n. The state or condition of being lateral.

(Lat"er*al*ly) adv. By the side; sidewise; toward, or from, the side.

(Lat"er*an) n. The church and palace of St. John Lateran, the church being the cathedral church of Rome, and the highest in rank of all churches in the Catholic world.

The name is said to have been derived from that of the Laterani family, who possessed a palace on or near the spot where the church now stands. In this church several ecclesiastical councils, hence called Lateran councils, have been held.

(Lat"ered) a. Inclined to delay; dilatory. [Obs.] "When a man is too latered." Chaucer.

(Lat`er*i*fo"li*ous) a. [L. latus, lateris, side + folium leaf: cf. F. latérifolié.] (Bot.) Growing from the stem by the side of a leaf; as, a laterifolious flower.

(La"tent) a. [L. latens, -entis, p. pr. of latere to lie hid or concealed; cf. Gr. lanqa`nein, E. lethargy: cf. F. latent.] Not visible or apparent; hidden; concealed; secret; dormant; as, latent springs of action.

The evils latent in the most promising contrivances are provided for as they arise.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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