in·​cu·​ba·​tion | \ ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce incubation (audio) , ˌin-\

Definition of incubation

1 : the act or process of incubating

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Walmart launched an incubation arm, called Store No. Jason Del Rey, Vox, "Inside the conflict at Walmart that’s threatening its high-stakes race with Amazon," 3 July 2019 Foster mother Tiki came from an International Crane Foundation egg laid by a wild pair in Necedah and transferred to the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland for incubation and hatching in 2008. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo's whooping crane pair act as foster parents to chick born at the zoo," 28 June 2019 After three years of pre-production incubation, Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment production company shared an official cast photo Monday. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' remake shares its first cast photo," 17 June 2019 That question has long percolated through the medical literature on the incubation time of diseases. Quanta Magazine, "Why Don’t Patients Get Sick in Sync? Modelers Find Statistical Clues," 1 Mar. 2018 Also, check out some snaps of the band from the incubation stage. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Charli XCX-Approved Punk-Pop Outfit Nasty Cherry's Rowdy AF #TBT Mixtape for Pride Month," 6 June 2019 This year Melinda—who, in addition to her philanthropic work, is the founder of the investment and incubation company Pivotal Ventures—became an author; her book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World was released in April. John Legend, Town & Country, "Melinda Gates Is Proud Women Are Becoming More Empowered—But It's Not Happening Quickly Enough," 8 May 2019 The organization's founder, Gracie Cavnar, intended the space to be a gathering hub for cooking and gardening classes, small-business incubation and co-op services. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018 To keep it in place during incubation, the doctor will also insert a retention device resembling a small, breathable diaphragm, Dr. Kevin Doody says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of incubation

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of incubation was in 1646

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in·​cu·​ba·​tion | \ ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce incubation (audio) \

Kids Definition of incubation

1 : the act or process of incubating incubation of eggs
2 : the period of time between infection with germs and the appearance of symptoms of illness or disease


in·​cu·​ba·​tion | \ ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən, ˌin- How to pronounce incubation (audio) \

Medical Definition of incubation

1 : the act or process of incubating

Other Words from incubation

incubational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce incubational (audio) \ adjective

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