latent syphilis

a stage after secondary syphilis when an infected patient is free of overt symptoms but has a positive serologic test for syphilis; it may last a short time or many years and may be subdivided into early latent and late latent syphilis, distinguished by the time since initial infection, degree of infectiousness of the disease, and certain other characteristics.

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  • early syphilis — the stage comprising primary, secondary, and early latent syphilis …   Medical dictionary

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