Incubator In"cu*ba`tor, n. 1. That which incubates, especially, an apparatus by means of which eggs are hatched by artificial heat. [1913 Webster]

2. An apparatus containing an enclosed chamber, used for the cultivation of micro["o]rganisms or tissue cultures by maintaining a suitable temperature and atmospheric composition. Some incubators have no provision for maintaining a special atmosphere, while in others, especially for anaerobic organisms and tissue culture, the moisture level and composition of the gases are also controlled. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

3. (Med.) An apparatus consisting of enclosed chamber, for maintaining prematurely born babies in a favorable environment until able to thrive under normal conditions. The temperature and level of oxygen in the atmosphere may be controlled. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

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