|n.||1.||The state or quality of being latent.|
|2.||The time between a stimulus the appearance of the response; the time between any causal action and the first appearance of the effect. Called also |
|3.||(Med.) The time between exposure to a carcinogen or other disease-causing agent and the appearance of the consequent disease.|
|Noun||1.||latency - (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head|
Synonyms: rotational latency
|2.||latency - the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it|
|3.||latency - the state of being not yet evident or active|
|(communications)||latency - 1. The time it takes for a packet to cross
a network connection, from sender to receiver.|
2. The period of time that a frame is held by a network device before it is forwarded.
Two of the most important parameters of a communications channel are its latency, which should be low, and its bandwidth, which should be high. Latency is particularly important for a synchronous protocol where each packet must be acknowledged before the next can be transmitted.