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.
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