dormancy [dawr-muh n-see] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for dormancy on noun

  1. the state of being dormant.

Origin of dormancy First recorded in 1780–90; dorm(ant) + -ancy Related Words for dormancy inactivity, latency, quiescence, suspension, inertia, inaction Examples from the Web for dormancy Contemporary Examples of dormancy

  • Instead, he found that they developed erratically and sometimes experienced periods of dormancy before reawakening.

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  • Historical Examples of dormancy

  • That is a sign of the absence, or at least of the dormancy, of the Comic idea.

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  • It has now to be shewn that the germs of disease also retain their vital powers in a state of dormancy during a lengthened period.

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  • Thus, at the proper time, the milk-glands of a mammalian mother are awakened from their dormancy.

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  • That has been during their season of dormancy, but in every case they have pushed at the proper time.

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  • The change of seasons, and an annual period of dormancy, demand forethought and prudence.

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  • Word Origin and History for dormancy n.

    1789; see dormant + -cy.

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