Definition of dormancy in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state of having normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a period of time; deep sleep.

    • ‘the insects are able to enter prolonged states of dormancy, allowing them to resist freezing’
    • ‘unfortunately, after a long dormancy, this pest is making a big comeback’
    • ‘the gene therapy industry went into dormancy after a patient death’
    1. 1.1The state in which a plant is alive but not actively growing.
      ‘dormancy allows woody plants to survive these unfavourable conditions’
    2. 1.2Temporary inactivity in a volcano.
      ‘some large volcanoes spend thousands of years in a state of dormancy’
    3. 1.3The state in which a disease causes no symptoms but is not cured and is liable to recur.
      ‘various animal models have been used to study the dormancy of tuberculosis in humans’