incubator

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noun in·cu·ba·tor \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbā-tər, ˈin-\

Definition of incubator

  1. :  one that incubates: as a :  an apparatus by which eggs are hatched artificially b :  an apparatus with a chamber used to provide controlled environmental conditions especially for the cultivation of microorganisms or the care and protection of premature or sick babies c :  an organization or place that aids the development of new business ventures especially by providing low-cost commercial space, management assistance, or shared services

1857

First Known Use of incubator

1857


INCUBATOR Defined for English Language Learners

incubator

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noun in·cu·ba·tor \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbā-tər, ˈin-\

Definition of incubator for English Language Learners

  • : a device that is used to keep eggs warm before they hatch

  • medical : a piece of equipment in which very weak or sick babies are placed for special care and protection after their birth

  • business : an organization or place that helps in the development of new businesses


INCUBATOR Defined for Kids

incubator

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noun in·cu·ba·tor \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbā-tər\

Definition of incubator for Students

  1. 1 :  a device that provides enough heat to hatch eggs artificially

  2. 2 :  a device to help the growth of tiny newborn babies


Medical Dictionary

incubator

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noun in·cu·ba·tor \ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbāt-ər, ˈin-\

Medical Definition of incubator

  1. :  one that incubates; especially :  an apparatus with a chamber used to provide controlled environmental conditions especially for the cultivation of microorganisms or the care and protection of premature or sick babies


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