Incubation meaning

ĭn'kyə-bā'shən, ĭng'-
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.

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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.
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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.
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An incubating or being incubated.
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The development of an infection from the time the pathogen enters the body until signs or symptoms first appear.
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The development of an infection from the time the pathogen enters the body until signs or symptoms first appear.
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The phase in the development of a disease between the infection and the first appearance of symptoms.
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(pathology) The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. (See below.)
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The development of an infection from the time the pathogen enters the body until signs or symptoms first appear.
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Sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, to develop the life within, by any process.
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(chemistry) A period of little reaction which is followed by more rapid reaction.
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Sleeping in a temple or other holy place in order to have oracular dreams.
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The act of warming eggs in order to hatch them, as by a bird sitting upon a clutch of eggs in a nest.
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The maintenance of an infant, especially one that is ill or born before the usual gestation period, in an environment of controlled temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration in order to provide optimal conditions for growth and development.
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The act of keeping an organism, a cell, or cell culture in conditions favorable for growth and development.
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Origin of incubation

  • From Latin incubationem, from incubare.
    From Wiktionary