incubation period

noun

Definition of incubation period

  1. :  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

  1. :  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 & Fitness, October/November 1986 Quarantines worked to control the SARS epidemic because SARS is much less contagious than flu and has a longer incubation period.—Christine Gorman, Time, 17 Oct. 1995


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