incubate


in·cu·bate

verb \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbāt, ˈin-\

of a bird : to sit on eggs so that they will be kept warm and will hatch

of an egg : to be kept warm before hatching

: to keep (something) in the proper conditions for development

in·cu·bat·edin·cu·bat·ing

Full Definition of INCUBATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to sit on (eggs) so as to hatch by the warmth of the body
b :  to maintain (as an embryo or a chemically active system) under conditions favorable for hatching, development, or reaction
2
:  to cause or aid the development of <incubate an idea>
intransitive verb
1
:  to sit on eggs
2
:  to undergo incubation :  develop
in·cu·ba·tive \-ˌbā-tiv\ adjective
in·cu·ba·to·ry \-kyə-bə-ˌtr-ē, -ˌbā-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of INCUBATE

  1. The female bird incubates the eggs.
  2. The eggs needs to incubate for two weeks.
  3. Researchers incubated the cells in the laboratory.
  4. The cultures must incubate for five more days.
  5. The virus will incubate in the body for several days before the patient experiences any symptoms.

Origin of INCUBATE

Latin incubatus, past participle of incubare, from in- + cubare to lie
First Known Use: 1641

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in·cu·bate

verb \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbāt, ˈin-\   (Medical Dictionary)
in·cu·bat·edin·cu·bat·ing

Medical Definition of INCUBATE

transitive verb
1
: to maintain (as eggs, embryos of animals, or bacteria) under prescribed and usually controlled conditions favorable for hatching or development especially in an incubator
2
: to maintain (a chemically active system) under controlled conditions for the development of a reaction
intransitive verb
: to undergo incubation <the cultures incubated for five days>

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