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Noun: incubation  ,in-kyu'bey-shun
  1. Maintaining something at the most favourable 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
    - brooding

Derived forms: incubations

Type of: aid, attention, birth, birthing, care, giving birth, parturition, phase, stage, tending

Part of: infection

Encyclopedia: Incubation