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incubation period

noun, Pathology
the period between infection and the appearance of signs of a disease.
Origin of incubation period
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nor are scientists aware of how long the incubation period lasts.
  • In early spring, though no one had seen any eggs, the birds were exhibiting behavior consistent with the incubation period.
  • Forty-three days is the longest known incubation period.
  • In both the actual insect world and the fashion icon world, the butterfly seems to have a short incubation period.
  • The time between exposure to the virus and eruption of symptoms is called the incubation period.
  • Listeriosis has an extremely variable incubation period.
  • The incubation period of a disease can help investigators identify the agent causing an illness.
  • The incubation period varies depending upon the number of parasites in the meat and the amount eaten.
  • Because of the long incubation period, many exposures may occur before a diagnosis of scabies is suspected.
  • Exposure to the virus is followed by an incubation period during which people do not have any symptoms and may feel fine.
British Dictionary definitions for incubation period

incubation period

(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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incubation period in Medicine

incubation period n.

  1. See latent period.

  2. See incubative stage.

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incubation period in Culture

incubation period definition

The amount of time it takes for symptoms of a disease to appear after an individual is infected (see infection) with the pathogen that causes the disease.

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