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incubate

[in-kyuh-beyt, ing-] /ˈɪn kyəˌbeɪt, ˈɪŋ-/
verb (used with object), incubated, incubating.
1.
to sit upon (eggs) for the purpose of hatching.
2.
to hatch (eggs), as by sitting upon them or by artificial heat.
3.
to maintain at a favorable temperature and in other conditions promoting development, as cultures of bacteria or prematurely born infants.
4.
to develop or produce as if by hatching; give form to:
His brain was incubating schemes for raising money.
verb (used without object), incubated, incubating.
5.
to sit upon eggs.
6.
to undergo incubation.
7.
to develop; grow; take form:
A plan was slowly incubating in her mind.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin incubātus past participle of incubāre to lie or recline on, to sit on (eggs), equivalent to in- in-2 + cub(āre) to sit, lie down + -ātus -ate1; cf. incumbent, concubine
Related forms
incubative, adjective
unincubated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for incubative

incubate

/ˈɪnkjʊˌbeɪt/
verb
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.
(intransitive) (of eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc) to develop in favourable conditions, esp in an incubator
4.
(intransitive) (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
Derived Forms
incubation, noun
incubational, adjective
incubative, incubatory, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin incubāre to lie upon, hatch, from in-² + cubāre to lie down
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incubative in Medicine

incubate in·cu·bate (ĭn'kyə-bāt', ĭng'-)
v. in·cu·bat·ed, in·cu·bat·ing, in·cu·bates

  1. To maintain eggs, organisms, or living tissue at optimal environmental conditions for growth and development.

  2. To maintain a chemical or biochemical system under specific conditions in order to promote a particular reaction.

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