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SEN

hiso(mu), mogu(ru)

meaning: dive, lurk, hide

潜在 == senzai == (noun) potentiality, dormancy, latency
潜伏 ==  senbuku == (noun) concealment, hiding, ambush, incubation


Left radical is a radical form of 'water'. Right radical is a character only found in Chinese, meaning 'if/supposing', which here acts phonetically to express 'sink'. The idea of something hidden because it is sunk in water has been extended to broader senses of 'hide' as the use of this character evolved. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'sun (light)', and two 'men' (夫), and as a mnemonic: 'Two men dive into sunlit waters.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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