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Incubation definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INCUBA'TION, n. [L. incubatio.] The act of sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
2: (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear
3: sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body [syn: brooding, incubation]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1646 1. the act or process of incubating 2. incubation period

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a the act of incubating. b brooding. 2 Med. a a phase through which the germs causing a disease pass before the development of the first symptoms. b the period of this. Derivatives: incubational adj. incubative adj. incubatory adj. Etymology: L incubatio (as INCUBATE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Incubation In`cu*ba"tion, n. [L. incubatio: cf. F. incubation.] 1. A sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, (eggs) to develop the life within, by any process. --Ray. 2. (Med.) The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. (See below.) 3. A sleeping in a consecrated place for the purpose of dreaming oracular dreams. --Tylor. Period of incubation, or Stage of incubation (Med.), the period which elapses between exposure to the causes of a disease and the attack resulting from it; the time of development of the supposed germs or spores.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see incubate



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