Definition of incubation period in English:

incubation period

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  • 1The period over which eggs, cells, etc. are incubated.
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    • We found negative effects of blood parasites only during the incubation period: higher probability of clutch desertion or lower hatching success.
    • Females were trapped during the last days of the incubation period or just after hatching, whereas males were trapped just after hatching.
    • Furthermore, the length of the incubation period may be reduced by embryonic development during the laying period, which also would decrease the exposure time to predators.
  • 1.1The period between exposure to an infection and the appearance of the first symptoms: hepatitis B has an incubation period of 30 to 180 days
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    • The time between catching the infection and the start of symptoms - the incubation period - is usually about a day.
    • Gonococcal urethritis, which is usually symptomatic in men, is especially useful in risk determination because the infection has a short incubation period.
    • The disease has a long incubation period and few dementia-related deaths in the US are investigated.

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