Definition of incubation in English:


Syllabification: in·cu·ba·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌinkyəˈbāSHən, ˌiNG-


  • The process of incubating eggs, cells, bacteria, a disease, etc.: the chick hatches after a month’s incubation
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    • Viable molds and bacteria were determined by incubation on two different media.
    • Sensitivity of culture isolation increased with higher initial inocula and shorter incubation.
    • It is infectious but the transmission of infection and the period of incubation of the disease are unusual.



Pronunciation: /ˈinkyəˌbātiv, ˈiNG-/
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  • The center will be built into an incubative base of new and high technology and products.
  • The prolonged incubative period of the disease and the remarkable resistance of the causal agent to formalin are features of distinct interest.
  • Endow cutting-edge transdisciplinary projects with an incubative environment and research support to foster major funding capabilities


Pronunciation: /inˈkyo͞obəˌtôrē, iNG-/
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  • What was happening in those blank, incubatory months?
  • A similar view of the head, and the incubatory pouch lying on the right side of the pallial skirt.
  • It may be best to remove the floating plants to an incubatory tank at the conclusion of the spawning ritual.


early 17th century: from Latin incubatio(n-) 'brooding', from the verb incubare (see incubate).

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