Definition of incubation in English:

incubation

Line breaks: in¦cu|ba¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪŋkjʊˈbeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The process of incubating eggs, cells, bacteria, a disease, etc. the chick hatches after a month’s incubation
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

incubative

Pronunciation: /ˈɪŋkjʊbeɪtɪv/
adjective
More example sentences
  • 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

incubatory

Pronunciation: /ˈɪŋkjʊbeɪt(ə)ri/
adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

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