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 The BasBlue women's and nonbinary organization has launched two fellowship programs for entrepreneurs to receive access to capital and business incubation. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2022 Members of the tribe held a ceremony by the river as the eggs arrived in a cooler, and then helped move the eggs to incubation tanks filled with water from the McCloud, which the tribe calls Winnemem Waywacket. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 While Emory University had plans to run a biotechnology incubation center on the property, the undertaking ultimately went bust. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 18 July 2022 The fund will invest across three different stages: incubation, early-stage venture, and late-stage growth. Nina Bambysheva, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Hartford’s plans for Parkville have attracted the attention of DISTRICT, a cutting-edge co-working and digital incubation space in New Haven. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 13 Mar. 2022 Two Latina social entrepreneurs today officially launched the Latino Media Network (LMN), a new media content creation, talent incubation and distribution company, aimed at reaching the Hispanic market, initially focused on audio. Veronica Villafañe, Forbes, 4 June 2022 Runway partnered with the team at Pareto Holdings, an investment and incubation vehicle created by Jon Oringer and Edward Lando, from day one. Rachel King, Fortune, 23 May 2022 In fact, most individuals don't know they've been exposed to monkeypox at first, as viral incubation can take anywhere from seven to 21 days in total. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of incubation

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Aug 2022

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“Incubation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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 incubation (audio) \ adjective


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