|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 incubāre to lie upon, hatch, from |
incubate in·cu·bate (ĭn'kyə-bāt', ĭng'-)
v. in·cu·bat·ed, in·cu·bat·ing, in·cu·bates
To maintain eggs, organisms, or living tissue at optimal environmental conditions for growth and development.
To maintain a chemical or biochemical system under specific conditions in order to promote a particular reaction.
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