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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Examples of incubation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Place the incubation vessel in cold water (fill the sink with cold tap water, or fill a bowl with ice water) until the yogurt is cool. cleveland, "Here’s how to make yogurt at home. It’s easier than you think," 30 June 2020 The legacy will be seen not just in material art produced in this time of incubation, but also in the integration of creativity as a muscle to be exercised to adapt to changing conditions, design new solutions, and envision possibilities. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Nabila Alibhai says exercising imagination makes us more resilient post-Covid," 30 June 2020 The flu can also be spread without symptoms, but the incubation time is much shorter -- typically one to four days, with symptoms often showing up within two days after infection, the CDC says. Holly Yan, CNN, "What's the difference between asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread? And does it matter with coronavirus?," 9 June 2020 There is a broad scientific consensus that 14 days is an acceptable estimate of incubation time, but the travel and aviation industries—hard hit by the economic fallout of the pandemic—are not convinced that two weeks of isolation is necessary. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "How the world agreed on a 14-day coronavirus quarantine—and the (risky) ways to shorten it," 8 June 2020 The safest way to protect loved ones is to immediately and religiously wear a mask for three weeks post-protest, given the incubation time and infectious window for this virus, if self-quarantining is not an option. Thomas A. Russo, The Conversation, "How to protest during a pandemic and still keep everyone safe from coronavirus: 6 questions answered," 4 June 2020 That day began a 42-day countdown—two incubation periods for Ebola—before the outbreak can be officially declared over. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "New Ebola outbreak flares up as measles, COVID-19 rage in DRC," 1 June 2020 Unfortunately, during this 14-day incubation time, the infected person can spread the virus to other people. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'When should I self-quarantine?' and 10 other coronavirus questions answered by Wisconsin doctors," 12 Mar. 2020 The latest: New developments suggest coronavirus incubation could be longer than 14 days, as global infections rise. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "China says most new coronavirus cases in Hubei, as outbreak widens in South Korea, Iran, Italy," 23 Feb. 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Incubation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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