n. a phenomenon in which there may be a lengthy interval (i.e. a period of dormancy) between the actual cause and the effect that it produces. As such, there is an apparent separation between these two temporal events: the cause and the effect. More so, remote causes can be expected to have larger and longer causal latencies. See delayed effect.
CAUSAL LATENCY: "Causal latency happens when a certain cause does not exert an immediate effect."