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incubation period

noun, Pathology
1.
the period between infection and the appearance of signs of a disease.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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British Dictionary definitions for incubation-period

incubation period

noun
1.
(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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