in·​cu·​ba·​tion | \ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən, ˌin-\

Definition of incubation 

1 : the act or process of incubating

Examples of incubation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The male doesn't help with incubation but guards the nest and chicks. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Sandhill cranes make their annual short and noisy Interior Alaska stopover," 7 May 2018 The hub’s layout includes several global supporting units — a digital assets research institute, fintech incubation hub for startup companies, fintech training center and fintech investment fund group. Rebecca Lurye,, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 The tower will also include Technion facilities focusing on innovations in biomedical engineering, startup incubation and an exhibition center to host conventions. Jeffrey Barken, Jewish Journal, "Haifa's on the rise with university leading the way," 11 July 2018 Females typically lay a clutch of 1-3 eggs between December and early January, with incubation lasting about 35 days. Cassie Armstrong,, "American Eagle Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 19 June 2018 Ossic participated in San Diego’s EvoNexus incubator program and was accepted to Abbey Road Red, a six-month music technology incubation program at the famous Abbey Road Studio in London. Mike Freeman,, "3D headphone startup Ossic collapses, stiffing thousands of Kickstarter backers," 21 May 2018 After years of incubation, the team behind the 8th Wonder Brewery on the east side of downtown Houston is opening its distillery to the public this week. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "8th Wonder Brewery's distillery opens to the public this week," 2 July 2018 Of the 25 eggs laid this year, only 12 were fertile and only 5 of those survived the incubation process, which takes nearly one month. National Geographic, "What Does It Take to Raise a Flamingo?," 25 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'incubation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of incubation

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about incubation

Share incubation

Statistics for incubation

Last Updated

2 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for incubation

The first known use of incubation was in 1646

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for incubation


in·​cu·​ba·​tion | \ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən \

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- \

Medical Definition of incubation 

1 : the act or process of incubating

Other Words from incubation

incubational \-​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl \ adjective

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on incubation

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with incubation

Spanish Central: Translation of incubation

Nglish: Translation of incubation for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of incubation for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about incubation

Comments on incubation

What made you want to look up incubation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!