Quiescence

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Quiescence (kwē-ĕs-ənts) a Latin derived English language noun referring to a state of being quiet, still, at rest, dormant, inactive; as an adjective, "a quiescent mind."

Quiescence may refer to:

  • Computer server administration, particularly pertaining to backup issues. Backups of databases and filesystems represent the state of a collection of information at a particular point in time. Often, administrators prefer to back up a quiescent system in which all pending database or file transactions have been committed.
  • The G0 phase of a cell in the cell cycle; quiescence is the state of a cell when it is not dividing
  • The "rest" state of a cell; neurons, for example, are quiescent when not firing and sarcomeres are quiescent when not contracting
  • In behavioral neuroscience, quiescence refers to a behavior where an animal is vigilant but relaxed and immobile. This may be related to a recuperative response after an encounter with a predator
  • A quiescent prominence is a long, sheet-like prominence of relatively cool solar material that hangs nearly vertically to the Sun's surface for days or months
  • In biogas-diesel engine research, quiescence is the term used to describe the phenomenon where the combustion cools down quickly preventing the fuel from burning completely and resulting in high amounts of unburned hydrocarbons.

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