incubatory

incubation

[in-kyuh-bey-shuhn, ing-]
noun
1.
the act or process of incubating.
2.
the state of being incubated.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin incubātiōn- (stem of incubātiō). See incubate, -ion

incubational, incubatory [in-kyuh-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ing-] , adjective
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incubate (ˈɪnkjʊˌbeɪt)
 
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 incubāre to lie upon, hatch, from in-² + cubāre to lie down]
 
incu'bation
 
n
 
incu'bational
 
adj
 
'incubative
 
adj
 
'incubatory
 
adj

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incubation
1610s, "brooding," from L. incubationem (nom. incubatio) "a laying upon eggs," from incubatus, pp. of incubare "to hatch," lit. "to lie on," from in- "on" + cubare "to lie." The lit. sense of "sitting on eggs to hatch them" first recorded in Eng. 1640s. The verb incubate is first attested 1721. Incubator
"apparatus for hatching eggs by artificial heat" first attested 1857.
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incubation in·cu·ba·tion (ĭn'kyə-bā'shən, ĭng'-)
n.

  1. The act of incubating or the state of being incubated.

  2. The maintenance of controlled environmental conditions for the purpose of favoring the growth or development of microbial or tissue cultures.

  3. The maintenance of an infant, especially a premature infant, in an environment of controlled temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration in order to provide optimal conditions for growth and development.

  4. The development of an infection from the time the pathogen enters the body until signs or symptoms first appear.

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incubation   (ĭn'kyə-bā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The act of warming eggs in order to hatch them, as by a bird sitting upon a clutch of eggs in a nest.

  2. The act of keeping an organism, a cell, or cell culture in conditions favorable for growth and development.

  3. The maintenance of an infant, especially one that is ill or born before the usual gestation period, in an environment of controlled temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration in order to provide optimal conditions for growth and development.

  4. The development of an infection from the time the pathogen enters the body until signs or symptoms first appear.


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