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incubation period

noun

Definition of incubation period

  1. :  the period between the infection of an individual by a pathogen and the manifestation of the illness or disease it causes



1879

First Known Use of incubation period

1879


Medical Dictionary

incubation period

noun

Medical Definition of incubation period

  1. :  the period between the infection of an individual by a pathogen and the manifestation of the disease it causes <Mono, which has an incubation period of 30 to 50 days, characteristically announces itself with headaches, fever, sore throat, tonsillitis, and extreme fatigue.—Your Health & Fitness, October/November 1986> <Quarantines worked to control the SARS epidemic because SARS is much less contagious than flu and has a longer incubation period.—Christine Gorman, Time, 17 Oct. 1995>




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