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incubation period

  

      n     (Med)   the time between exposure to an infectious disease and the appearance of the first signs or symptoms,   (Sometimes shortened to)    incubation  
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incubate  
      vb  
1    (of birds) to supply (eggs) with heat for their development, esp. by sitting on them  
2    to cause (eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc.) to develop, esp. in an incubator or culture medium  
3    intr   (of eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc.) to develop in favourable conditions, esp. in an incubator  
4    intr   (of disease germs) to remain inactive in an animal or human before causing disease  
5    to develop or cause to develop gradually; foment or be fomented  
     (C18: from Latin incubare to lie upon, hatch, from in-2 + cubare to lie down)  
   incubation             n  
  incubational      adj  
  incubative, incubatory      adj  

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