Period of incubation
Incubation In`cu*ba"tion, n. [L. incubatio: cf. F. incubation.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. (See below.) [1913 Webster]

3. A sleeping in a consecrated place for the purpose of dreaming oracular dreams. --Tylor. [1913 Webster]

4. The maintenance (of a living organism, such as microorganisms or a premature baby) in appropriate conditions, such as of temperature, humidity, or atmospheric composition, for growth. [PJC]

5. The gradual development in some interior environment, until fully formed; as, the incubation time for developing a new drug may be longer than ten years from its first discovery. [PJC]

{Period of incubation}, or {Stage of incubation} (Med.), the period which elapses between exposure to the causes of an infectious disease and the attack resulting from it; the time during which an infective agent must grow in the body before producing overt symptoms of disease. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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