Definition of quiescent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kwiˈesnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwiˈesnt//
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  1. 1(formal) quiet; not active
  2. 2 (medical) (of a disease, etc.) not developing, especially when this is probably only a temporary state synonym dormant
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin quiescent- ‘being still’, from the verb quiescere, from quies ‘quiet’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quiescent