quiescent + -ence, or borrowed from Latin quiescentia, from quiescens, present participle of quiesco, from quies.
quiescence (countable and uncountable, plural quiescences)
- The state of being quiescent; dormancy.
- Being at rest, quiet, still, inactive or motionless.
- The action of bringing something to rest or making it quiescent; the action of coming to rest or to a quiescent state.
- 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Dialogue 2:
- I pray you, Salviatus, to tell me ... the cause of the Pendulum's quiescence.
- (microbiology) The period when a cell is in a term of no growth and no division.
- (entomology) In insects, a temporary slowing down of metabolism and development in response to adverse environmental conditions, which, unlike diapause, does not involve physiological changes.