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

Definition of incubation

1 : the act or process of incubating

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And hatcheries must pay for 9 days of incubation costs. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter," 14 Aug. 2019 Four times a day, two eggs from each clutch were placed inside an incubation chamber for one hour. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "Bird Embryos Vibrate to Warn One Another of Danger before They Hatch," 22 July 2019 France set up the Defence Innovation Agency in September 2018 as a sort of incubation hub to find existing technologies and equipment that the military might be able to use. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The French Army is hiring science fiction writers to imagine future threats," 24 July 2019 EcoSPEARS, which spent time at UCF’s business incubation program and now employs 11 at its 6,400-square-foot headquarters in Altamonte Springs, will participate in the Port’s Blue Economy Incubator Program. Marco Santana,, "EcoSPEARS to work clean-tech program with Port of San Diego," 19 July 2019 Walmart launched an incubation arm, called Store No. Jason Del Rey, Vox, "Inside the conflict at Walmart that’s threatening its high-stakes race with Amazon," 3 July 2019 Foster mother Tiki came from an International Crane Foundation egg laid by a wild pair in Necedah and transferred to the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland for incubation and hatching in 2008. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo's whooping crane pair act as foster parents to chick born at the zoo," 28 June 2019 After three years of pre-production incubation, Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment production company shared an official cast photo Monday. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' remake shares its first cast photo," 17 June 2019 That question has long percolated through the medical literature on the incubation time of diseases. Quanta Magazine, "Why Don’t Patients Get Sick in Sync? Modelers Find Statistical Clues," 1 Mar. 2018

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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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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 incubational (audio) \ adjective

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