incubation[in′kyə bā′s̸hən, iŋ′-]
This penguin holding his egg is incubation.
- The definition of incubation is the process of keeping something at the right temperature and under the right conditions so it can develop.
When a mother bird sits on her eggs until they are ready to hatch, this is an example of incubation.
- an incubating or being incubated
- the phase in the development of a disease between the infection and the first appearance of symptoms
Origin of incubationClassical Latin incubatio
- a. The act of incubating.b. The state of being incubated.
- Medicine The development of an infection from the time the pathogen enters the body until signs or symptoms first appear.
- Medicine The maintenance of an infant, especially a premature infant, in an environment of controlled temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration in order to provide optimal conditions for growth and development.
- Sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, to develop the life within, by any process.
- (pathology) The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. (See below.)
- (chemistry) A period of little reaction which is followed by more rapid reaction.
- Sleeping in a temple or other holy place in order to have oracular dreams.
From Latin incubationem, from incubare.