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

Definition of incubation

1 : the act or process of incubating

Examples of incubation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These diseases are distinguished by long incubation periods, can lead to brain damage and are usually fatal. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 UH Energy is the University of Houston’s hub for energy education, research and technology incubation, working to shape the energy future and forge new business approaches in the energy industry. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Males normally desert females at the beginning of incubation, and the females rear their young alone. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 The typical length of incubation for flamingos is between 27 and 31 days. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 12 May 2021 At the end of their life cycle, female cicadas will lay eggs inside tree branches, which will hatch and head back for the soil for another 17-year incubation. Christine Condon,, 4 May 2021 Melinda Gates launched Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company, in 2015. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 4 May 2021 Biologists also hiked to nests to check on eggs and collect them for off-site incubation as necessary. Susan Cosier, Scientific American, 30 Apr. 2021 Artificial fertilization and incubation will occur during the trek. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Incubation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for incubation


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 incubation (audio) \ adjective


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