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incubate

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verb in·cu·bate \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbāt, ˈin-\

Medical Definition of incubate

incubated; incubating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to maintain (as eggs, embryos of animals, or bacteria) under prescribed and usually controlled conditions favorable for hatching or development especially in an incubator

  4. 2:  to maintain (a chemically active system) under controlled conditions for the development of a reaction

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to undergo incubation <the cultures incubated for five days>





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