incubation period

noun

Definition of incubation period

:the period between the infection of an individual by a pathogen and the manifestation of the illness or disease it causes

First Known Use of incubation period

1879


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incubation period

noun

medical Definition of incubation period

:the period between the infection of an individual by a pathogen and the manifestation of the disease it causes
  • Mono, which has an incubation period of 30 to 50 days, characteristically announces itself with headaches, fever, sore throat, tonsillitis, and extreme fatigue.
  • Your Health & FitnessOctober/November 1986
  • Quarantines worked to control the SARS epidemic because SARS is much less contagious than flu and has a longer incubation period.
  • —Christine GormanTime17 Oct. 1995

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