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silence

 
absence of noise; a state of producing no detectable signs or symptoms.
electrical silence in electroencephalography and electromyography, absence of measurable electrical activity in tissue.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

silence

(sī′ləns)
v.tr. si·lenced, si·lencing, si·lences
Genetics To interfere with the expression of (a gene or gene segment) so that its biological function is suppressed.
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References in classic literature ?
Here Don Quixote, too, broke silence, saying to Sancho, "Have patience, my son, and gratify these noble persons, and give all thanks to heaven that it has infused such virtue into thy person, that by its sufferings thou canst disenchant the enchanted and restore to life the dead."
"Gentlemen," said Andrea, commanding silence by his voice and manner; "I owe you the proofs and explanations of what I have said."
The shrieks of the panther's victim, mingled with those of the great cat, had wrought mightily upon their poor nerves, and now the awful silence of the dark interior seemed even more terribly ominous than had the frightful screaming.
At this most interesting moment, the silence remained undisturbed.
"The maid you seek," said she, and again she broke the silence like the moon breaking through the clouds, "what manner of maid is she?
The words: "Here she comes!" passed from mouth to mouth, and then the most absolute silence reigned.
Not only did the silence weigh upon them, but they were both unable to frame any thoughts.
She waited with the most exasperating silence to hear more.
Ah!--if I only knew what was passing in the silence that is behind that door!
He paused at that, for he saw his father wince at the picture like a man physically struck; and again there was silence.
Wardour still preserved his sullen silence. Crayford noticed him.
There was another moan, followed by a long silence.