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Definition of Quiescence

Quiescence: Inactivity, quietness. In cells, quiescence is the state of not dividing. In neurons (nerve cells), quiescence is the state of not firing.

The word comes from the Latin "quiescere", to become quiet. Quiescence suggests a temporary cessation of activity.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10596
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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